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Dr. David Kuhl is a Professor in the Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. He brings more than 15 years of palliative care experience to this project. Dr. Kuhl was involved in designing and developing the palliative care program at St. Paul’s Hospital in 1988, which was one of the first programs in North America to combine care for persons with cancer as well as for persons with AIDS. The program has been developed to extend its services throughout the various programs of care at St. Paul’s Hospital such as the ICU, transplant programs, and medical wards. As a Faculty Scholar, Project on Death in America, Dr. Kuhl completed a qualitative study on spiritual and psychological issues at the end of life, which served as the basis of his doctoral dissertation as well as 2 books written for a general audience. One of the strongest themes emerging from that study was iatrogenic suffering pertaining to the doctor/patient relationship. Iatrogenic suffering has served as the basis for other qualitative studies, for educational programs, and for lectures locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. That theme has served as the basis for David’s present work.  For the past several years, at the Centre for Practitioner Renewal (CPR), Dr. Kuhl has combined his interests in medicine and psychology to develop a program of service, education and research that sustains health care providers in the work place, seeks to understand the effect of being in the presence of suffering and explores features of well-being for health care providers. The team of people working at the CPR have an interest in understanding compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma, burnout, moral distress, grief, and psychological well being in health care providers.  For the past many years, Dr. Kuhl has also worked with men who have served in the Canadian Military in developing a program to assist them in the transition from living in the military to living in the civilian world. 

Psychological well being of health care providers; psychological trauma; compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma; doctor/patient relationship; health care provider/patient relationship