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Compassion fatigue, burnout and compassion satisfaction among family physicians in the Negev area - a cross-sectional study

Nurit El-bar, Amalia Levy, Hedy S Wald and Aya Biderman

Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013; 2: 31-8 OPEN ACCESS

Editors' comments: Dr. Ricardo Caponero 

Stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue can have a significant adverse effect of physician well being and patient care. While the frequency and intensity of these negative influences appear to be increasing, there is little help available. 
We need to raise physician awareness as to the seriousness of this issue and at the same time gain a better understanding of some of the causative factors so we can provide the necessary support services that will enable our physicians to better adjust to the pressures and stresses of our health care environment and re-energize their zest and idealism for medical care.