Fighting Compassion Fatigue During Public Health Epidemics
August 13, 2020
This brief discusses the difficulty of maintaining compassion and empathy during public health crises, which ultimately leads to a phenomenon called compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue can test resiliency in responders and contribute to negative outcomes for those they serve. Through promoting self-care and compassion in health agencies, responders can increase resiliency and combat the negative effects of compassion fatigue, particularly during extended responses to public health crises.