TitlePatient suffering and caregiver compassion: new opportunities for research, practice, and policy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsSchulz, R, Hebert, RS, Dew, MAmanda, Brown, SL, Scheier, MF, Beach, SR, Czaja, SJ, Martire, LM, Coon, D, Langa, KM, Gitlin, LN, Stevens, AB, Nichols, L
Date Published2007 Feb
KeywordsCaregivers, Empathy, Family, Humans, Professional Practice, Public Policy, Research, Stress, Psychological

<p>The purpose of this article is to stimulate discussion and research about patient suffering and caregiver compassion. It is our view that these constructs are central to understanding phenomena such as family caregiving, and that recognizing their unique role in the caregiving experience provides new directions for intervention research, clinical practices, and social policy. We first define and characterize these constructs, review empirical evidence supporting the distinct role of suffering and compassion in the context of caregiving, and then present a conceptual model linking patient suffering with caregiver compassion. We conclude with a discussion of implications and future directions for clinical intervention, research, and policy.</p>

Alternate JournalGerontologist
PubMed ID17327535
Grant ListP30 AG024827 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
HL076858 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
UL1 TR000005 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States
AG015321 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
AG20677 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
MD000207 / MD / NIMHD NIH HHS / United States
NR08272 / NR / NINR NIH HHS / United States
HL076852 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
MH071944 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
AG13305 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
AG024827 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
AG19180 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States