The Mind of Medicine: A Different Healthcare Conversation

Balancing the Flow: The Influence of Threat System Activation and Compassion Fatigue in Patient Encounters

February 23, 2022 Donna Gabriel, MS / Dr. Kate Watson Season 2 Episode 1
The Mind of Medicine: A Different Healthcare Conversation
Balancing the Flow: The Influence of Threat System Activation and Compassion Fatigue in Patient Encounters
Show Notes

In this episode, Dr. Kate Watson explains how threat system activation and compassion fatigue influence patient-provider encounters, based on her experience working with clinicians across the globe. Additionally, Donna and Dr. Watson discuss Donna’s recent personal experience with a healthcare provider and consider how an imbalanced compassion flow may have affected this interaction. Finally, Dr. Watson explores the critical role of healthcare administrators in addressing these challenges.  

During this episode, you will learn about: 

  • The experience of threat system activation during patient encounters and how that influences clinician well-being  
  • The importance of balanced compassion flow and how imbalances lead to compassion fatigue 
  • The effect of meaningful, system-level support, or lack thereof, on patient interactions 

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Music and lyrics: Nancy Burger and Scott Weber.