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Letters Compassion

Compassion can be learnt and must be integrated into practice

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 28 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4602
  1. Susan Maciver, convenor, adult counselling service1,
  2. Chris McGregor, counsellor1,
  3. Jenny Robertson, member1,
  4. Tom C Russ, member1,
  5. Christine Wilson, organisational consultant1
  6. On behalf of the Working with Older People Steering Group
  1. 1Working with Older People Steering Group, Human Development Scotland, Edinburgh EH3 8EB, UK
  1. tom.russ{at}

The word compassion is often heard in connection with care provided by health and social care professionals but often without the thoughtful attitude seen in Chadwick’s article.1 We have previously suggested that compassion is in danger of becoming a jargon term and, as a result, losing some of its …

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