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Letters Erosion of compassion in acute mental health services

Promoting psychosocial approaches for more compassionate mental health services

BMJ 2023; 382 doi: (Published 11 September 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p2047
  1. Charlotte H K Miles, internal medicine trainee1,
  2. Harry Bark, social worker and doctoral candidate2
  1. 1London, UK
  2. 2University of Bath, Bath, UK
  1. charlotte.miles13{at}

Liberati and colleagues’ recent article on the need to embed compassion in mental health services resonated with our experiences.1 Achieving this will require the skills of a range of professions to be used and promoted. Anecdotally and supported in research, medical perspectives dominate in services, in terms of both those holding influential positions of power and the overall culture and practice approaches of teams.234 As …

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