What is it about?

The over representation of bullying in healthcare is incongruent with the compassion of healthcare professionals. This issue needs to be addressed at the levels of medical training and organization by extending the emphasis on compassionate patient care to include care for co-workers.

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Why is it important?

Bullying in healthcare is a concern not just because it is wrong that people feel unsafe at work, it also undermines the integrity of the healthcare system, along with the quality of care provided to patients.


Current approaches to addressing workplace bullying emphasize policy compliance, training, reporting and redress, with limited effectiveness. Healthcare educators and providers need to broaden the scope of how compassionate care is defined from an emphasis on patient care to include caring for co-workers. The cultivation of compassion also needs to go beyond psychological approaches to include organizational mechanisms that can be attuned to promote compassion among colleagues.

Dr Ace Volkmann Simpson
Brunel University

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This page is a summary of: Emphasising compassion for co-workers in medical training and healthcare organisations to address bullying, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, August 2021, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/hmed.2021.0343.
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