Why and How Is Compassion Necessary to Provide Good Healthcare? Comments From an Academic Physician; Comment on “Why and How Is Compassion Necessary to Provide Good Quality Healthcare?”

Document Type: Commentary

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Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

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This is a short commentary to the editorial issued by Marianna Fotaki, entitled: “Why and how is compassion necessary to provide good quality healthcare.” It introduces the necessity of a more cognitive approach to explore further the determinants of behavior towards compassionate care. It raises questions about the importance of training towards a more patient-care and values driven healthcare system.

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