Evidence and science-based programs designed specifically for various professions and communities
Compassionate Healthcare Program
Imagine being pressured to make a life or death decision about another person – all while feeling (1) emotionally drained, (2) like you’re unable to make a difference, and (3) like you’re all alone in the world. What are the odds of making the best decision in these circumstances?
In the US, more than five in ten health care professionals are experiencing burnout with some variant of these three symptoms. Why does this matter? Not only do clinicians suffer from burnout, but patients suffer when the quality of care clinicians provide is compromised. Doctors who are burned out are more likely to make medical errors, work less efficiently, work fewer hours, and leave the profession early.
At the same time, compared to the general US population, physicians are more likely to be emotionally exhausted (43% vs. 25%), working ten hours more per week (50 hours vs. 40 hours), and less satisfied with work-life balance (36% vs. 61%). Something is not quite right about this picture. We at Compassion Institute strive to support those who dedicate their lives to serving the welfare of the public – which is why we have designed the Compassion at Work training to support those who work tirelessly to serve the needs of the rest of us.
Compassion at Work: Preventing Burnout in Healthcare
Burnout basics & how to avoid burnout
Increase joy in work, self-care, & self-compassion skills
Increase self-awareness & emotion regulation skills
Developed by our Compassion at Work team:
James Hallenbeck, M.D.Associate Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Medicine Associate Chief of Staff, for Extended Care, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D.CEO and Chairman, Compassion Institute and Executive Chairman, Mind & Life Institute
Robert McClure, LCSWHuman Resources Consultant, Sharp HealthCare, San Diego, CA
Petrina Barson, M.D.General Practitioner, Moreland West Medical Centre, Brunswick West, Australia
Judy LongChaplain, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Diana Adams, Ed.D.Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Stanford University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Leah Weiss, PhD, MSWLecturer in Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Business Founding Faculty, Compassion Institute
Jane Chun, D.Phil.Program Director, Specialized Programs, Compassion Institute
Mitigate Burnout in Your Organization or Practice
“As a registered nurse for over 30 years, I have personally experienced the phenomenon called "empathy fatigue". Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) has given me the ability to stay present with the suffering that I encounter on a daily basis without being overwhelmed by it.”
Registered Nurse and Certified CCT Teacher