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Connections: Understanding compassion fatigue


We have a conversation about compassion fatigue. The term refers to a deep emotional and physical exhaustion or burnout that comes from caring for others who are experiencing significant emotional or physical distress. It’s common among medical practitioners, emergency responders, and people who are caring for friends or loved ones.

Shani Wilson is a physician assistant with a local healthcare practice who has done extensive research on the subject. She joins us to discuss the symptoms and impact of compassion fatigue, and how to work through and prevent it. In studio:

  • Shani Wilson, physician assistant with a local healthcare practice

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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