Patient suffering and caregiver compassion: new opportunities for research, practice, and policy.

Richard Schulz, Randy S. Hebert, Mary Amanda Dew, Stephanie L. Brown, Michael F. Scheier, Scott R. Beach, Sara J. Czaja, Lynn M. Martire, David Coon, Kenneth M. Langa, Laura N. Gitlin, Alan B. Stevens, Linda Nichols

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-13
Number of pages10
JournalThe Gerontologist
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Schulz, R., Hebert, R. S., Dew, M. A., Brown, S. L., Scheier, M. F., Beach, S. R., Czaja, S. J., Martire, L. M., Coon, D., Langa, K. M., Gitlin, L. N., Stevens, A. B., & Nichols, L. (2007). Patient suffering and caregiver compassion: new opportunities for research, practice, and policy. The Gerontologist, 47(1), 4-13. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/47.1.4