RAPID CITY, SD, November 30, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Dr. Ed Picardi, MD, South Dakota is a veteran surgeon who strongly believes in the power of compassion in medical practice. Even though compassion has been identified as one of the values medical doctors and surgeons ought to embrace, statistics show that most students leave medical school with less compassion than they had when they started.

Even though, generally speaking, doctors strive to be professional, most patients still feel that compassion and empathy are lacking in the medical field. Perhaps the scientific nature of the practice compels practitioners to be robotic when providing care. Care could be dispensed in a cold non-emotional manner, as practitioners avoid stepping out of the strict rules stipulated by the various standards and regulations.

Defining Compassion and Empathy

Some experts believe that the problem may lie in the abstract definition of compassion and empathy, especially in the medical sector. Empathy implies having an understanding of what the other party is going through emotionally. However, it does not come with any moral obligation to alleviate the suffering.

On the other hand, compassion implies that there should be some effort to alleviate the suffering; even if by only giving words of encouragement or by showing affection. Medical practitioners like Ed Picardi, MD, South Dakota believe doctors should focus on compassion rather than just empathy.

Value of Empathy

However, it is important to remember that true compassion is only possible through genuine empathy. Veteran health practitioners like Ed Picardi believe medical practitioners should first strive to understand the patient then provide compassionate care on that basis.

In particular, physicians and surgeons need to understand that their practice involves more than curing patients and providing medical information. Each patient is relevant to the practice and therefore engagement must be maintained, otherwise, the objectives of providing care will not be realized.


It should be noted that physicians and surgeons do not always intend to be robotic with their patients. Sometimes the number of patients a surgeon deals with may be high and the surgeon may not be in a position to realistically provide the level of compassion required.

Doctors must, therefore, be honest with themselves on whether they can meet the demands of the practice and maintain balance on other aspects of their lives. Medical practitioners also need to be emotionally aware so that they can maintain their objectivity even as they engage their patients. It is not always easy, but a good relationship with patients benefits the practice, the patient and the practitioner.

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