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date: 20 October 2019

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The concept of compassion applies to a number of situations and deserves to play a major role in health care. Within this chapter, we discuss the importance of compassionate care within both the hospital and primary healthcare settings, with a view to identifying ways of improving quality of care. We then discuss the importance of addressing compassion and health with regard to specific societal conditions such as during times of austerity, and towards vulnerable individuals such as the homeless who might experience specific health and social needs. Finally, we address factors that may hinder or promote compassion, before considering how compassion can be sustained in the longer term, and the extent to which the concept may be effectively incorporated in teaching and training programs.

Keywords: compassion, health care, hospitals, specific conditions, primary care, austerity, homelessness, organizational factors, teaching/training

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