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Exploring the compassion deficit debate.

Stenhouse, Rosie; Ion, Robin; Roxburgh, Michelle; Devitt, Patric ffrench; Smith, Stephen D.M.


Rosie Stenhouse

Robin Ion

Michelle Roxburgh

Patric ffrench Devitt


Several recent high profile failures in the UK health care system have promoted strong debate on compassion and care in nursing. A number of papers articulating a range of positions within this debate have been published in this journal over the past two and a half years. These articulate a diverse range of theoretical perspectives and have been drawn together here in an attempt to bring some coherence to the debate and provide an overview of the key arguments and positions taken by those involved. In doing this we invite the reader to consider their own position in relation to the issues raised and to consider the impact of this for their own practice. Finally the paper offers some sense of how individual practitioners might use their understanding of the debates to ensure delivery of good nursing care.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-04
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2016
Print ISSN 0260-6917
Electronic ISSN 1532-2793
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Pages 12-15
Keywords Compassion; Poor care; Accountability; Care failure; Nursing;
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