Compassion: luxury or necessity?

Carol Taylor and Susan Walker

in Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571390
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665037 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbook in Public Health

Compassion: luxury or necessity?

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Spiritual care begins with compassionate healing presence. Since competence in spiritual care is now mandated for all professional caregivers developing the virtue of compassion and the art of compassionate presence are priorities. This chapter will describe efforts to define the compassion undergirding quality of presence and behaviours and explore the question of whether or not compassion is an essential quality for all for all who value spiritual care and the healing it promotes.

Chapter.  7732 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Palliative Medicine

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