Tag: empathy in medicine

A Clinical Social Worker’s Bane

We have all become assembly line workers in the factory of mental health. At the facility, I put in at least 50 hours and live with a constant dread of not having clicked a button, of not having made another phone call, of overlooking the sadness in someone’s eyes. The risk of burnout or empathy fatigue is high, yet the machine hums along.

Changing the Way We Communicate About Patients

From BMJ Opinion: "A 53 year old woman with right lower quadrant abdominal pain. A 36 year old acutely suicidal man off psych meds. A...

“Doctors Have Become Less Empathetic, But Is It Their Fault?”

Physician and medical sociologist David Scales explores why there seems to be less empathy from doctors in clinics and hospitals and why student’s empathy...