How Physicians Combat Compassion Fatigue & Restore Empathy

Practice Management

Physicians, especially those dealing with chronic illness patients, may suffer from “compassion fatigue,” which makes it difficult to connect with others professionally and personally, according to a Medscape report.

Physicians may begin to feel fatigue over time after seeing patients who are constantly in pain, refuse to follow their treatment plans and have lost faith in the healthcare system. The increased administrative burden may also drain physicians.


To combat compassion fatigue and restore lost empathy, physicians can:


Shorten work hours
Participate in fun and relaxing activities
Eat well
Spend time with family and friends
Care for others
Practice mindfulness through yoga, tai chi, meditation or other techniques.


The article's authors also recommend physicians with compassion fatigue engage with their colleagues, join support groups or seek professional coaching so they have a support system.


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