In a heartfelt British Medical Journal blog about compassion, a young doctor and terminally ill cancer patient from England, discusses the meaning and impact of compassion from both points of view.
Kate Granger, who was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma, says, "When I first became a doctor I was very concerned about correct diagnoses and treatments. If you’d asked me what the most important quality of a doctor was I would have said competence." However, when she became a patient Granger soon realized how much she truly valued the compassionate attributes in the people looking after her. Ultimately, the young physician's experiences led her to identify four key values shared by compassionate physicians:
As a result, she is now absolutely determined that in the time she has left, her experiences as a patient will make a difference to improving care for other patients in the Britain's National Health Service. Today, her #hellomynameis campaign encourages healthcare professionals to introduce themselves to each and every patient they meet has gone viral. "It is really helping to bring about true cultural change in many organizations," she explains. "I have yet to meet a compassionate doctor who wasn’t also competent," explains.To read Granger's BMJ blog go to: http://tinyurl.com/n6jh7nd