Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference: by Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli.

Compassionomics is an examination of the importance of compassion in the health care industry. Physician/scientists Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli present compelling evidence that compassion is a key factor in patient health. Trzeciak and Mazzarelli argue that compassion is dramatically beneficial for patients with a wide variety of health conditions and, just as importantly, reduces stress among health care workers. Compassion also promotes cost savings to hospitals.

Trzeciak and Mazzarelli present compelling evidence that 40 seconds of compassion can save lives. “Compassionomics provides the evidence that one simple tool, compassion, can affect not only the outcomes for our patients, but also the financial health of our organizations and the well-being of our providers” – Donald Berwick, M.D. (President Emeritus, Institute for Healthcare Improvement).

This is a truly excellent presentation of scientific research on the benefits of compassion in health care. Leaders working in nonprofit organizations and Head Start programs can easily apply these principles to clients and communities. The 40 seconds it takes to show compassion are essential for the well-being of clients and social service professionals.

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