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Authentic Compassion

Scott, Jennifer MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e318295630e
Personal Perspectives

Regardless of the context of our patients' suffering, it is our professional obligation as health care providers to understand their needs and extend authentic compassion.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; the Division of Women's Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital; the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Dimock Center, Roxbury; and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Corresponding author: Jennifer Scott, MD, MBA, MPH, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 330 Brookline Avenue, Kirstein 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02215; e-mail:

Financial Disclosure The author did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

The author thanks Hope Ricciotti, MD, acting chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Clinical Co-Director at The Dimock Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, for encouraging reflection and dialogue on the patient–physician relationship.

© 2013 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.