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Culturally Competent Compassion

A Guide for Healthcare Students and Practitioners, 1st Edition

By Irena Papadopoulos


116 pages

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Bringing together the crucially important topics of cultural competence and compassion for the first time, this book explores how to practise ‘culturally competent compassion’ in healthcare settings – that is, understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it using culturally appropriate and acceptable caring interventions.

This text first discusses the philosophical and religious roots of compassion before investigating notions of health, illness, culture and multicultural societies. Drawing this information together, it then introduces two invaluable frameworks for practice, one of cultural competence and one of culturally competent compassion, and applies them to care scenarios. Papadopoulos goes on to discuss: how nurses in different countries understand and provide compassion in practice; how students learn about compassion; how leaders can create and champion compassionate working environments; and how we can, and whether we should, measure compassion.

Culturally Competent Compassion is essential reading for healthcare students and its combination of theoretical content and practice application provides a relevant and interesting learning experience. The innovative model for practice presented here will also be of interest to researchers exploring cultural competence and compassion in healthcare.


"presents both theory and application to practice in a meaningful contribution to the literature on culturally competent compassion…There is a robust discussion about the philosophical and religious roots associated with compassion and how it is defined and practiced globally. Papadopoulos presents her own model of culturally competent compassion, which includes three constructs: values (human rights), principles (intercultural education), and framework (cultural awareness, knowledge, sensitivity, and competence). Each construct is explored, and applications to practice are presented in care scenarios." – B. A. D'Anna, SUNY Delhi, Choice: recommended title

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Introduction: my 25-year journey of discovering cultural competence and compassion

Chapter 2 Philosophical roots of compassion

Chapter 3 Compassion and religious explanations

Chapter 4 Health and illness in multicultural societies

Chapter 5 The Papadopoulos model of culturally

competent compassion

Chapter 6 Learning and practicing culturally competent


Chapter 7 Culturally competent and compassionate


Chapter 8 Researching culturally competent compassion

Chapter 9 Measuring compassion

Chapter 10 Epilogue: from culturally competent and compassionate humans to culturally competent and compassionate robots

About the Author

Irena Papadopoulos is Professor of Transcultural Health and Nursing at Middlesex University, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / Issues
MEDICAL / Nursing / Research & Theory