TableĀ 2

Barriers to Physician Compassion questionnaire

Compassion in medicine is the desire to care, nurture, understand and relieve suffering and distress of the patient. How much do the following factors prevent or stop you from expressing compassion in your clinical work?
MinimalA great deal
1Feeling burned out1234567
2Having a limited time for consultations1234567
3Having a large case load of patients1234567
4Multiple interruptions during the consultations (eg, pages, texts)1234567
5Physical environment is not conducive for a consultation (eg, noise)1234567
6Culture of defensive medicine1234567
7Prior difficult interactions with the patient's family1234567
8Sick of hearing the same problem again and again1234567
9Patient is difficult, rude or obnoxious1234567
10Feeling tired or fatigued1234567
11Clinical situation is very complex1234567
12Current treatments are not working1234567
13Having too many patients to see in a limited time1234567
14Many distractions during the consultation1234567
15Concern that patients may complain or sue1234567
16Interference from family members1234567
17Patient is not happy with you1234567
18Patient does not follow your recommendations1234567
19You are tired of practising medicine1234567
20You are not sure if the patient will get better1234567
21Having too many non clinical duties (eg, administration, teaching)1234567
22Too many people present during your consultations1234567
23Too much paperwork and documentation1234567
24Family of your patient is not happy with you1234567
25Patient has irrational beliefs about his condition and treatments1234567
26Patient is unkempt and malodorous1234567
27Your personal problems1234567
28Feeling impatient1234567
29Current treatments have caused unexpected adverse effects1234567
30Patient comes from a different sociocultural/ ethnic background1234567
31You are rushing to see the next patient1234567
32Patient is difficult to understand1234567
33Patient is in denial regarding their condition1234567
34What you are dealing with is beyond your comfort level1234567