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 WJC8 Session 2 - How Do Palliative Patients Experience Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion? Using Grounded Theory Methodology
Presented by presented by Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS MA MPH BCC, Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv and Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv BCC

1 CE hours, plus reading/study hours - Methodology 8, Research

$70/member; $107/nonmember
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Compassion has long been considered an essential part of chaplain care and practice. Understanding how compassion is both distinct from and congruent with sympathy and empathy, and parsing their often overlapping use in medical literature, can be challenges facing the researcher and the professional chaplain. In this webinar we discuss advanced cancer patients? understandings, experiences, and preferences around ?compassion?, ?empathy?, and ?sympathy? in order to explore both clinical implications and how greater conceptual clarity can aid in chaplaincy research. In the paper we will discuss patients described sympathy as an unwanted, provider-focused response to suffering, empathy as an attempt to understand another?s suffering, and compassion as an enhanced and desired form of empathy motivated by altruism. The authors report that patient?s prefer compassion over both empathy and sympathy, and although these concepts can be interrelated patients experience them as distinct and unique from one another.

Aims for reading this article through the Webinar Journal Club:
To become familiar with adult palliative patients? understanding of ?sympathy,? ?empathy,? and ?compassion? and how these concepts can be both distinct and interrelated.
To examine patient preferences in regard to these concepts as practiced by providers.
To help chaplains develop and maintain research literacy, including the ability to critically read a qualitative paper using grounded-theory methodology and, where appropriate, apply the findings to their professional practice.
Reading: Sinclair, Shane, Kate Beamer, Thomas F Hack, Susan McClement, Shelley Raffin Bouchal, Harvey M Chochinov, and Neil A. Hagen. ?Sympathy, Empathy, and Compassion: A Grounded Theory Study of Palliative Care Patients? Understandings, Experiences, and Preferences.? Palliative Medicine 31, no. 5 (May 1, 2017): 437?47


Rev. Marilyn J. D. Barnes MS, MA, MPH, BCC, is a Senior Staff Chaplain at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois. She is a Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow who recently completed her Master?s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. Her research interests include the use of simulation in chaplaincy training and education and the impact of spiritual/religious coping on the association between discrimination and stress among midlife women.

Cate Michelle Desjardins MDiv is a chaplain fellow at Cincinnati Children?s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH and Transforming Chaplain Fellow. She is completing her MPH degree at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her research is focused on pediatric complex care, medical decision making, and religious coping.

Rev. Shelley Varner-Perez MDiv BCC, is a Clinical Staff Chaplain at VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon, and a Transforming Chaplaincy Fellow. She is completing her MPH degree at the joint School of Public Health at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University. Shelley is the past Education Chair of the APC-Oregon North Chapter.

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