Science Needs Compassion

Editor: Dr. Russel Lazarus, Published February 18, 2021

Have you ever wondered if the smile of a nurse or the bedside manner of a doctor actually increase the chances of positive treatment results? 

A recently published best-seller, called “Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference”, has a startling message… compassion could be a wonder drug for the 21st century!

In their book, physician scientists Dr Stephen Trzeciak and Dr Anthony Mazzarelli uncover the eye-opening data that science needs compassion.

Imagine these scenarios:

  1. A 34-year-old man fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit is on an artificial respirator for over a month.

Could it be that his chance of getting off the respirator is not dependent how much his nurses know, but rather how much they care?

  1. A 75-year-old woman is discharged from the hospital just weeks after suffering a serious head injury.

Could a constant display of compassion from her attending nursing and doctors have been a factor in her quick recovery?

Compelling new research shows that healthcare is in the midst of a compassion crisis.

Does compassion really matter?

Yes.

Now, for the first time ever, science demonstrates that the connections established between medical staff and their patients are actually critical factors in the healing process.

Studies show that compassion:

  • Plays an important role and is beneficial for patients suffering from a wide variety of medical conditions.
  • Can prevent devastating health effects.
  • Can help to eliminate the cost crisis in health care.
  • Can help to prevent burnout among medical professionals.
  • Can save lives.

After reviewing all the evidence, the answer is crystal clear: Compassion matters!