The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 18, Issue 3, Autumn 2018

Divya Joshi, Dwight Stapleton
Pages 443-448

The Influence of Spiritual Retreats on Compassion in Health Care

Our moral compass is not the only thing that compels us to provide compassionate health care, which also improves patient outcomes and patient and provider satisfaction. In the current era of increasing medical complexity, provider burnout, and value-based reimbursement, health care systems struggle to durably improve their providers’ compassion in the provision of care. A religious retreat curriculum for leaders at OSF HealthCare, in Illinois and Michigan, has led to a significant, long-term increase among employees in their compassion toward patients, colleagues, and self.