Clarifying misconceptions about compassionate care
Article first published online: 28 NOV 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 70, Issue 8, pages 1738–1747, August 2014
How to Cite
2014) Clarifying misconceptions about compassionate care. Journal of Advanced Nursing 70(8), 1738–1747. doi: 10.1111/jan.12322, , , & (
- Issue published online: 18 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 28 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 NOV 2013
- nursing practice;
- person-centred care;
- professional issues;
- quality of care;
To discuss the meaning of compassionate care as it applies to staff, patients and families in health and social care settings, its application to practice and how organizational infrastructures affect the delivery of care.
The term compassion has assumed headline status and inclusion in current health and social care policy. Clarity of what the term means in practice is needed and may help to promote delivery of compassionate care consistently across health and social care settings.
This article draws on data from an action research programme (Leadership in Compassionate Care Programme, 2007–2011) that focused on embedding compassionate care into practice and education and related literature focused on compassionate person-centred care. A literature search was conducted and articles published in English relating to the terms compassionate, person-centred care between 1999–2011 were included.
Perceptions of compassion, practising compassion and the infrastructure to support compassion are discussed.
Implications for Nursing
It is anticipated that this discussion will prompt further debate, raise awareness and help to clarify the meaning of compassion in everyday practice with patients, relatives and staff, so that it can be more clearly named, valued and defended.
This article challenges some of the beliefs and values that underpin the meaning of compassionate care and its application to practice. It brings greater clarity to the meaning of compassion, which could be used to form the basis of shared visions of caring, both strategic and operational, across organizations.