5 things doctors should know about compassion fatigue

For many physicians, the term “compassion fatigue” may imply, as the words describe, that fatigue leads to the loss of ability to feel compassion for others. After all, what physician doesn’t have a day when s/he is too tired, running on too little reserve, and feeling some degree of emotional numbness? Many physicians may not realize, however, that compassion fatigue can go much deeper.  According to the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, physicians and other health caregivers suffering from compassion fatigue may actually develop a secondary traumatic stress disorder.  According to their website: When caregivers focus on others without practicing self-care,…
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