Compassionomics: Hypothesis and experimental approach

From Medical Hypotheses:

Recent reports indicate that healthcare is experiencing a compassion crisis – an absence of (or inconsistency in) compassionate patient care. It is currently unclear if, or to what extent, this exerts significant effects on health and healthcare. Experimental data are few, and this represents a critical knowledge gap for all health sciences. We hypothesize that compassionate care is beneficial for patients (better outcomes), healthcare systems and payers (lower costs), and healthcare providers (lower burnout). Compassionomics is the branch of knowledge and scientific study of the effects of compassionate healthcare, and herein we describe a framework for hypothesis testing. If the hypotheses are confirmed, compassionate healthcare can be established in the domain of evidence-based medicine.

Doctors study ‘compassion crisis’ in health care

From the Inquirer:

Last fall, Trzeciak, Anthony Mazzarelli, a physician who just became co-president of Cooper University Health Care, and Brian Roberts, a Cooper emergency physician, laid out their case for a new area of study, Compassionomics, in an essay in the journal Medical Hypotheses. It is obvious that health-care providers “ought” to be compassionate, they wrote. That’s a moral imperative rooted in the art of medicine.  But the team said that compassion may also be “an evidence-based intervention with measurable beneficial effects belonging in the science of medicine.”

Hospitals are confronting a new opioid crisis: an alarming shortage of pain meds

From STAT:

Production of injectable opioids has nearly ground to a halt due to manufacturing problems, creating a shortage of staple medications used to treat a wide array of patients. Alarms are now ringing at all kinds of medical providers, from sprawling academic hospitals to small hospice programs, and many are launching efforts to conserve injectable opioids and institute safeguards to prevent dosing errors that can result from rapid changes in medication regimens.

How ER Doctors Are Fighting The Opioid Crisis

From Forbes:

Debra Houry, MD, MPH, Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC, writing in an editorial published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, stated that emergency physicians have a “unique opportunity to engage in prevention of a future overdose, particularly for patients who may not have had other contact with the health care system.”

Houry emphasized that “ EDs are a critical entry point for prevention of overdose , with opportunities to improve opioid prescribing, respond to overdoses with overdose education and naloxone distribution, engage in motivational interviewing of patients, initiate treatment for opioid use disorder, and improve surveillance efforts in collaboration with health departments. EDs and physicians who engage in these efforts can save patient lives and reduce health care costs.”