Exploring nurses' meaning and experiences of compassion: an international online survey involving 15 countries

Papadopoulos, Irena and Taylor, Georgina and Ali, Sheila and Aagard, Magdeline and Akman, Ozlem and Alpers, Lise-Merete and Apostolara, Paraskevi and Biglete-Pangilinan, Sylvia and Biles, Jessica and Garcia, Ángel Martín and González-Gil, Teresa and Koulouglioti, Christina and Kouta, Christiana and Krepinska, Radka and Kumar, Bernadette Nirmal and Lesińska-Sawicka, Małgorzata and Diaz, Alba Lucero Lopez and Malliarou, Maria and Nagórska, Małgorzata and Nassim, Sara and Nortvedt, Line and Oter-Quintana, Cristina and Ozturk, Candan and Papp, Katalin and Regev, Orit Eldar and Rubiano, Florinda O. and Diaz, Maria Ymelda Tolentino and Tóthová, Valérie and Vasiliou, Marios and Zorba, Akile (2017) Exploring nurses' meaning and experiences of compassion: an international online survey involving 15 countries. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 28 (3). pp. 286-295. ISSN 1043-6596

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Abstract

Purpose: In recent years, there has been much focus on compassion in nursing care, and concern has been raised in a number of reports and media stories regarding decreased compassion. The aim of this study was to explore similarities and differences in the understanding and demonstration of compassion in nursing practice across 15 countries.

Design: A total of 1,323 nurses from 15 countries responded to questions in relation to compassion, via an international online survey.

Results: The data revealed the impact of sociopolitical influences on perceptions of compassion, and the conscious and intentional nature of compassion.

Discussion and Conclusion: The study demonstrated shared understandings of the importance of compassion as well as some common perceptions of the attributes of compassionate care. The differences reported were not as significant as had been expected.

Implications for Practice: Further research is needed to explore the country and culture differences in the enactment of compassion.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 18912
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Depositing User: Sheila Ali
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 11:11
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2018 10:06
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18912

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