At The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, we use the acronym I.E. C.A.R.E.S to provide a framework for humanism in healthcare: Integrity, Excellence, Compassion & Collaboration, Altruism, Respect & Resilience, Empathy, and Service.
Humanism in healthcare is characterized by a respectful and compassionate relationship between physicians, as well as all other members of the healthcare team, and their patients. It reflects attitudes and behaviors that are sensitive to the values and the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of others. The humanistic healthcare professional demonstrates the following attributes (“I.E., C.A.R.E.S.”):