The evidence powering compassion.

Leading the world in evidence-based compassion research and resources.

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Why Research Compassion?

01 / why

Most people agree compassion is the foundation of health care. However, as the health care system has modernized, compassion is often treated as a relic to be referenced rather than a catalyst for transformation. The research is clear, compassion overcomes obstacles that even the best health tech, virtual care, app or robotic advancement cannot surmount.

Simply stated - compassion matters.

Compassion has been shown to improve

Patient
Outcomes

Healthier patients with less symptom burden and improved quality of life.

Healthcare
Costs

High-quality, comprehensive care at reduced costs

Healthcare Provider
Well-being

Reduce burnout and increase workplace well-being

The Patient
Experience

Increase satisfaction, reduce complaints, and enhance health care experiences

Quality of
Clinical Care

Better treatment efficacy, patient engagement, and clinical acumen

Healthcare System
Optimization

Transforming care at the bedside to the boardroom

The Compassion Measure

More compassion, better care. Stronger patient outcomes. Learn more about the new gold standard in measuring compassion developed by yours truly.

Visit the Compassion Measure website

The Evidence for Compassion

02 / resources

Featured Publication!

Sympathy, empathy, and compassion: A grounded theory study of palliative care patients’ understandings, experiences, and preferences

Patients distinguish between sympathy, empathy, and compassion, and experience them uniquely. Understanding perspectives can guide policy reform and research.

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03 / Research

Information overload! The literature on compassion is expansive, encompassing religion, history, culture, philanthropy, and more. This presents a challenge when synthesizing the diverse information and turning it into useable knowledge that is also applicable to health care settings. The Compassion Research Lab will be your trusted source for evidence-based research on the topic of compassion.

Interested in working together?

Compassion is a shared experience. If you are looking to collaborate on research, beta test our new tools, participate in a study, or apply for an available position, we have something for you!