Exploring nurses’ meaning and experiences of compassion: An international online survey involving 15 countries

Irena Papadopoulos, Georgina Taylor, Sheila Ali, Magdeline Aagard, Ozlem Akman, Lise Merete Alpers, Paraskevi Apostolara, Sylvia Biglete-Pangilinan, Jessica Biles, Ángel Martín García, Teresa González-Gil, Christina Koulouglioti, Christiana Kouta, Radka Krepinska, Bernadette Nirmal Kumar, Małgorzata Lesińska-Sawicka, Alba Lucero Lopez Diaz, Maria Malliarou, Małgorzata Nagórska, Sara NassimLine Nortvedt, Cristina Oter-Quintana, Candan Ozturk, Katalin Papp, Orit Eldar Regev, Florinda O. Rubiano, Maria Ymelda Tolentino Diaz, Valérie Tóthová, Marios Vasiliou, Akile Zorba

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Purpose: In recent years, there has been much focus on compassion in nursing care, and concern has been raised in a number of reports and media stories regarding decreased compassion. The aim of this study was to explore similarities and differences in the understanding and demonstration of compassion in nursing practice across 15 countries. Design: A total of 1,323 nurses from 15 countries responded to questions in relation to compassion, via an international online survey. Results: The data revealed the impact of sociopolitical influences on perceptions of compassion, and the conscious and intentional nature of compassion. Discussion and Conclusion: The study demonstrated shared understandings of the importance of compassion as well as some common perceptions of the attributes of compassionate care. The differences reported were not as significant as had been expected. Implications for Practice: Further research is needed to explore the country and culture differences in the enactment of compassion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-295
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number3
Early online dateDec 2015
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


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