Happy New Year, everyone!
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My favorite link this month is the article summarizing Ekman’s research on compassion fatigue in caregivers. Burnout is all too common in health care, and poses real risks to patients. What I liked best about this article was its focus on solutions – the use of empathy training to counteract compassion fatigue. As someone who is passionate about Nonviolent Communication, which is one effective approach to learning empathy, I found the positive results of this study very hopeful.
As an aside, I highly recommend this book for those interested in learning more about NVC: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg.
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Have a great 2012!