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Adult nursing
Patients and nurses have differing views of what is meant by ‘compassion’
  1. Laura Green
  1. School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Laura Green, School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP, UK; hebdenlaura{at}

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Commentary on: Durkin J, Usher K, Jackson D. Embodying compassion: A systematic review of the views of nurses and patients. J Clin Nurs. 2018 Nov 28. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14722.

Implications for practice and research

  • There is ambiguity regarding how compassion is defined and experienced within nursing.

  • Patients and nurses hold different views on what constitutes compassionate care.

  • Understanding the concept of compassion can help nurses in their clinical practice.

  • Focusing on the nature of compassion—particularly from the point of view of patients—is an important direction in nursing education and research.


Compassion has always been a key concept in nursing.1 2 In the UK, several instances of poor care propelled compassion to the foreground and prompted a series of policy responses that impact directly on the nursing profession. Consequently, compassionate care …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.