Kindness Oriented Healthcare and Patient Outcomes


Dignity Health recently put out an infographic detailing the effects of kindness on patients and healing. They suggest that when healthcare is given with kindness and compassion, patients have better outcomes and faster healing. Makes sense in theory, but having hard numbers to back it up is pretty interesting.

What stood out the┬ámost to me was this: “The statistical significance of kindness-oriented care on improved health outcomes is LARGER THAN THE EFFECT OF ASPIRIN ON REDUCING A HEART ATTACK, OR SMOKING CESSATION ON MALE MORTALITY” (infographic).

If we as health care providers can really do this–if we can really deliver “kindness-oriented care”–we can improve health outcomes for patients on such a scale as does giving aspirin to reduce a heart attack.

Pretty powerful if you ask me.


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