Healthcare and compassion: Towards an awareness of intersubjective vulnerability: Comment on “why and how is compassion necessary to provide good quality healthcare?”

Kate Kenny*

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Abstract

How to instill compassion in a healthcare organization? In this article, I respond to Marianna Fotaki’s proposals in her piece, ‘Why and how is compassion necessary to provide good quality healthcare?’ by drawing on insights from organization studies. Following Fotaki, I argue that to instill targets and formal measures for assessing compassion would be problematic. I conclude by drawing on psychoanalytic and feminist theories to introduce alternatives, specifically proposing an approach that is grounded in a shared sense of a common, embodied precarity, which necessitates our commitment to preserving the conditions in which life might flourish.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)627-629
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management
Volume4
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Compassion
  • Feminist theory
  • Healthcare
  • Organizations
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Targets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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