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Cancer Health Care Providers Face Compassion Fatigue

Working every day with cancer patients, many of whom will not get better, can leave health care staff exhausted and demoralized. The term compassion fatigue began to be used in the 1990′s to describe physical and emotional affects sometimes experienced by health care professionals caring for patients facing  limited possibilities of recovery.   It goes beyond empathy or feeling bad  for their patients and leads to setting up walls of distance from patients as a means of self-protection. Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute reviewed almost sixty studies of compassion fatigue, finding that it often takes a toll not only on the health care workers who experience it