RECORDING - Understanding, Measuring and Improving Compassion in Cancer Care: An overview of a program of research.

  • 24 Feb 2022
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1 May 2022
  • 1:00 PM
  • Webcast


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Compassion is considered a key ingredient of quality comprehensive cancer care according to patients and families. While both psychosocial oncology professionals and other members of the interdisciplinary oncology care team desire to provide compassion and cancer centres, professional practice guidelines, and research increasingly attest to the importance of compassion an evidence based approach to understanding, measuring and improving compassion has been a persistent challenge. In this webinar, Dr. Sinclair will discuss the programattic research, that he and his team within the Compassion Research Lab, has undertaken over the last decade to address this gap, including the recent development and validation of a patient reported compassion questionnaire intended for use in research and clinical care.


Dr. Shane Sinclair is an Associate Professor and Cancer Care Research Professor with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine.  He is also the Director of the Compassion Research Lab, which conducts nationally funded research on compassion—with his recent study on Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion being awarded ‘Paper of the Year’, by Palliative Medicine. Dr. Sinclair is a certified spiritual health practitioner with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, were he was recently awarded their highest honour the 2021 Distinguished Service Award. He is the former President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. Last year he was the recipient of the the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Cancer Research- CAPO Award for research excellence. He is also the recipient of the International Psychosocial Oncology Society New Investigator Award, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Cancer Research CAPO New Investigator Award, the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care Award of Excellence in Research, and is a former top 40 under 40 awardee.

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