How to encourage compassionBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2049 (Published 03 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2049
- Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
He looked at me through newly opened eyes as if I were half crazed. I know this look well: it’s one I’ve seen quite a few times in my career. “How are you, Frank? It’s been quite a while,” I said, rubbing him on the upper arm as a measure of my affection.
“Fine,” he mumbled groggily, no doubt wondering who the lunatic stroking him was.
He had come in for a coronary artery bypass graft three weeks before. The procedure had gone well, but his age and …