From Self-Care to Healthcare
by “Patient Lee” Tomlinson
How can one moment of compassion make the difference between surrendering to death and fighting to live?
In Compassion Heals: From Self-Care to Healthcare, “Patient Lee” Tomlinson explores the immense healing power of compassion for patients and the healthcare professionals who provide it. A Stage III+ throat cancer survivor, Lee shares intimacy and urgency in his experience with a healthcare system so lacking in compassion it had him considering suicide, and how one simple moment of compassion from a physician saved his life.
This book serves as a reminder to all of us, but especially to those working in healthcare—the doctors, nurses, caretakers, administrators—of the necessity of providing treatment equally competent and compassionate to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.
Through compelling, scientific evidence and deeply moving personal experiences, Lee explores:
- The irrefutable and overwhelming evidence that compassion saves lives and measurably improves both patient and provider health
- The devastating, quarter-century decline of compassion in today’s healthcare and how it impacts patients, providers, and a hospital’s bottom line
- Healthcare professional burnout—its cause, how it destroys one’s ability to provide compassionate care, and how to recover from it
- Why 50 percent of patients today believe their healthcare professionals and the healthcare system lack compassion
- The CARE Effect Movement: Why Lee founded the movement to bring Connection, Attention, Respect and Empathy back to the forefront of modern medicine
Lee Tomlinson is a C-Suite entertainment industry executive, TEDx presenter, keynote speaker, and advanced cancer survivor. His journey from diagnosis, through treatment, and into remission is a testament to the importance of compassion in healthcare and the potentially devastating consequences when it is absent. As founder of the CARE Effect Movement, his mission is to promote the “heart, science, and business of compassion.”