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CAREGIVERS: Empathy may lead to compassion fatigue

Caregivers are required to be empathetic with patients, patients’ families, co-workers – and that is before going home to meet the needs of their own families.  In this article from Harvard Business Review, the author suggests that being empathetic is exhausting; empathy is in limited supply; and, it can even erode ethical judgment.  He suggests three ways that a manager can approach improving the situation for workers whose jobs demand a high degree of empathy and may result in overload.

Source: Waytz, A. (2016, Jan.-Feb.). The limits of empathy. Harvard Business Review, 94(1/2), 68-73.  https://hbr.org/2016/01/the-limits-of-empathy Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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