Compassion in medicine / the detention center crisis

We start the hour talking with U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean about her visit to migrant detentions centers and then, we discuss the role compassion plays in medicine.

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(photo credit, Big Stocks)

(photo credit, Big Stocks)

Guests: Madeleine Dean, Anthony Mazzarelli, Stephen Trzeciak

It might seem like an obvious question but how important is it to be a caring and kind doctor or nurse? Research shows that when providers talk, connect and empathize with patients, the patient’s health improves – they have less pain, lower blood pressure, and heal faster.  All this leads to lower health care costs and also to happier providers with less burnout. Two Cooper University Health Care physicians STEPHEN TRZECIAK, a critical care physician, and ANTHONY MAZZARELLI, an emergency medicine physician, discuss the research behind compassionate care, why it’s so important, and how to teach it. Their new book is, Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference. But first, we talk with Pennsylvania Democratic Representative MADELEINE DEAN about her recent visit to migrant detention centers in Texas and Florida, and the disturbing conditions that she witnessed.

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