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David Currow—Courage 

David Currow—Courage
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David Currow—Courage
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Philip J Larkin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703310.003.0008
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date: 01 April 2020

David Currow provides an insightful chapter which address the question, ‘To what extent is compassion the essence of only palliative and end-of-life care?’ He argues that compassion is very visible in the work of many clinicians and professional disciplines. He also makes the point, as do others, that compassion alone is not sufficient. The need for excellence in clinical practice must also be seen in tandem with the compassionate way clinical excellence can be delivered. From his own leadership perspective, he is clearly well-versed to deliver on that health care expectation. In this chapter, his experience of palliative and end-of-life care demonstrates the need to sometimes take a chance and reach out into the unknown-to move beyond the comfort zone-if we want to be truly considered compassionate practitioners. Supervision as a way of managing those challenging encounters is advocated as a tool for best practice in self-care.

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