Human Connection Skills: Assessing Compassion’s Role in Healthcare

Can compassion help improve the care experience for both patients and providers?

In the most recent episode of This Clinical Life, our host, Stephen Beeson, MD, sat down with Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH to discuss the crucial role of compassion in healthcare. They also explored the abundant scientific evidence supporting human connection as a powerful way to tackle healthcare’s greatest challenges. Here are our main takeaways.

Compassion Moves the Needle

Research has proven time and again that compassion profoundly influences care delivery and patient outcomes. When patients feel cared for and supported, they are more likely to adhere to treatment plans, experience reduced anxiety, and achieve better overall health outcomes. 

However, the impact extends beyond patients. 

Healthcare professionals who approach their work with compassion demonstrate empathy, understanding, and genuine concern for their patients’ well-being. Engaging in compassionate care can foster a sense of fulfillment, purpose, and satisfaction, alleviating burnout and boosting job satisfaction among healthcare providers.

Care More, Not Less

“You just have to lean in.” How many times have we all heard that before? It’s a phrase often thrown around in conversations about overcoming adversity. But what does it really mean? Leaning in means fully committing to patient care, even in the face of challenges or uncertainty. It refers to being present and empathetic when addressing the concerns and needs of patients.

Caring more, not less involves going beyond the surface level of patient interactions and diving into the core of compassionate care. It’s about recognizing that every interaction is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in someone’s life. 

Bridging the Compassion Gap Through Human Connection Skills

Creating a culture of compassion in our organizations is achievable, but it demands intentional effort and skill development. By becoming more deliberate in how we cultivate essential human connection skills, we can foster environments where empathy flourishes, communication thrives, and patients feel genuinely valued.

As Dr. Trzeciak emphasized during the conversation, “The key to resilience is relationships.” By prioritizing the development of these human connection skills, organizations lay the foundation for stronger, more resilient teams capable of delivering compassionate care day in, day out.

After all, isn’t that what healthcare is supposed to be?

About This Clinical Life

This Clinical Life, proudly presented by Practicing Excellence, is a podcast that explores how investing in the growth and development of our healthcare workforce can serve as a powerful catalyst for positive change. 

The podcast is hosted by Practicing Excellence CEO and Founder, Stephen Beeson, MD. 

Ready to embark on a skill-building journey where compassion is at the heart of everything you do? Get in touch today!



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