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How Compassion Benefits in the Healing Process
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2019 (Open)
Steven K. H. Aung, CM, AOE, MD, PhD, FAAFP
1. Director and Clinical Professor, Integrative Health Institute (IHI), Departments of Medicine and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8, Canada
2. Adjunct Professor, Faculties of Extension, Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rehabilitation Medicine, and School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8, Canada
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Research Interests: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); acupuncture; integrative medicine
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Compassion can be defined in many ways, but each definition has positive connotations. There is two ways of treating a patient; one is treating with a lack of compassion, a very mechanical and utilitarian approach. The other is with compassion and kindness, a way in which promotes trust and friendship between doctor and patient. When treating this way a doctor must have good intentions and not simply be treating a patient, but healing from the bottom of their heart.
This special issue focuses on the effects of patient – doctor relationships when compassion is involved in the healing process, and the benefits this may hold for the future success of acupuncture and medicine as a whole.
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