The Importance Of Compassion For Health Care Practitioners Essay

1169 Words Mar 2nd, 2016 null Page
Theoretical Construction
Compassion is an empathetic response to another person 's suffering that is later followed by a motivation to ease the sufferer’s condition (Lilius, Worline, Dutton, Kanov, Frost & Maitlis, 2003). The Self-compassion scale (SCS) developed by Neff (2015) breaks this definition further into three components, however the present scale will utilise only two: an empathetic response, and the motivation to ease suffering (Petrocchi, Ottaviani, & Couyoumdjian, 2014). The purpose was to produce a shorter, reliable scale of compassion with a focus on compassion toward humanity adapted from Sprecher and Fehr’s scale (2005).
Fotaki (2015) urged that compassion should be a fundamental ethic in health-care settings and be a trait identified within health-care practitioners, highlighting the present scales significance; associative theory states that when people experience positive emotion, they create positive associations (Zimbardo, 1991) which may explain how compassionate behaviours from health-care practitioners was shown to improve patient recovery (Fotaki, 2015).
Item Construction
Itemisation of the present scale ensured that language was simple and consistent with the construct being measured, with an appropriate scale to measure the construct and clear instructions for respondents to follow to reduce measurement error (DeVellis, 2012). The purpose of the present scale (See Appendix A) had to be clearly outlined to respondents so they were aware of the…

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