Can the empathy and compassion of doctors and health care professionals actually improve health outcomes for their patients? This is one of many questions that drives David Rakel, a medical doctor, researcher and longtime friend of the Center for Healthy Minds, who shares his experiences developing models of compassionate care and empowering patients. Rakel’s recent book, The Compassionate Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening, explores how medical professionals can integrate compassion, empathy, and mindfulness into practice to transform health care and improve outcomes for patients.
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