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Letters Compassion

Nurturing compassion

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 28 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4600
  1. Paul Whitby, clinical psychologist1
  1. 1Avon and Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Trust, Green Lane Hospital, Devizes SN10 5DS, UK
  1. paul.whitby{at}

Chadwick is only partly correct.1 There is something ineffable about compassion, so attempts to force it on staff will probably be clumsy and counterproductive, but it shouldn’t be left at this.

We know quite a bit about the effect of different situations on human relationships and that ordinary people can behave callously, cruelly, or abusively …

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