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The Mayo Clinic calls it COMPASS (Colleagues Meeting to Promote And Sustain Satisfaction), but we don’t need a catchy acronym to explain the concept: Encouraging healthcare professionals to talk to one another reduces burnout. The physicians’ lounge and similar spaces for nurses and PAs have historically done this. Unfortunately, the push to patient-centered care has led many facilities to eliminate these communal spaces. The evidence suggests that when staff share a cup of coffee in the same space, they feel more connected to their work and ultimately provide better care. In the words of Dr. Ameya Kulkarni, “the act of healing is more joyful when it’s communal, and shared pain wounds less.” Sources: ➤ 1. Bromley, E.. Building patient-centeredness: Hospital design as an interpretive act. Social Science & Medicine 2012, 75(6), 1057-1066. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.04.037 ➤ 2. Kulkani, A. Navigating Loneliness in the Era of Virtual Care. N Engl J Med 2019; 380:307-309. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1813713 ➤ 3. West CP, Dyrbye LN, Rabatin JT, et al. Intervention to promote physician well-being, job satisfaction, and professionalism: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):527-533. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.14387