Having Empathy creates a better health partnership between physician/provider and patients.
Physicians who had a higher empathy score, have higher scores of emotional exhaustion, as shown in this research.
What do we do when we have high empathy scores and are therefore prone to emotional exhaustion with our work? This can result in compassion fatigue, burn out or vicarious traumatization.
Spirituality is important in patient care because it has been observed to give strength in being able to cope, have better quality of life and better well-being. This applies to ourselves also; engaging in our own spirituality will give us the strength, resilience and well being to prevent emotional exhaustion.
Signs you may be having compassion fatigue include:
Having Sadness & Grief
Avoidance or dreading working with some patients or people at work
Detachment and reduced empathy towards patients or families
decreased intimacy towards loved ones and self