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Mari Lloyd-Williams—Community 

Mari Lloyd-Williams—Community
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Mari Lloyd-Williams—Community
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Philip J Larkin

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10.1093/med/9780198703310.003.0016
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date: 09 April 2020

As an academic clinician, Mari Lloyd-Williams bridges what is often referred to as the ‘theory-practice gap’. Her experience in the delivery of palliative care and the willingness to ‘go the extra mile’-as demonstrated through her own actions and those of the team in the case of a man with enduring mental illness-clearly exemplify what a compassionate practitioner offers in terms of outcomes for care delivery. She also makes the point that life experience impacts on how care is given and how it is received. This touches on the challenges of compassion fatigue and the need to seek ways of nurturing the soul and spirit to avoid the devastation of professional burnout. For Mari Lloyd-Williams, faith is an important aspect of who she is; moreover, her sense of belonging to community is presented in an enriching and life-giving way. Since the nature of compassion is about our ultimate connection to each other, this chapter calls for the palliative care community to value its connection and bring that strength to the clinical encounter.

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