A Simple Hug
Can a simple hug help our patients’ overall health and well-being?
According to several studies, yes! Hugging has been shown to decrease the release of the hormone cortisol that is associated with stress.
Hugs have also been shown to lower blood pressure and even strengthen the immune system. While hugging may not be appropriate for every patient or every clinician, as we build relationships with our patients, sharing in their successes and struggles, it may be a natural reaction for either party to offer a hug and it could benefit both you and your patient to embrace it.
Cleveland Clinic. (2015) Why Hugging Is Actually Good for You. Health Essentials. February 13.