Absent bystanders and cognitive dissonance: a comment on Timmins & de Vries.

@article{Paley2015AbsentBA,
  title={Absent bystanders and cognitive dissonance: a comment on Timmins & de Vries.},
  author={John Paley},
  journal={Nurse education today},
  year={2015},
  volume={35 4},
  pages={543-8}
}
Timmins & de Vries are more sympathetic to my editorial than other critics, but they take issue with the details. They doubt whether the bystander phenomenon applies to Mid Staffs nurses; they believe that cognitive dissonance is a better explanation of why nurses fail to behave compassionately; and they think that I am 'perhaps a bit rash' to conclude that 'teaching compassion may be fruitless'. In this comment, I discuss all three points. I suggest that the bystander phenomenon is irrelevant… CONTINUE READING

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