Sinclair Compassion Questionnaire (SCQ)

Tech ID #: 1260.1 

Patients with incurable and life-limiting illnesses identify compassionate care as one of their greatest needs. Evidence implies a considerable theory-practice gap, with compassionate care adopted in research, policy, and healthcare reform but increasingly eroding from the bedside. 

The Sinclair Compassion Questionnaire (SCQ) is a 15-item measure of compassion assessing patients’ experience of compassion over the last 7 days. The SCQ adds an important dimension to both psychosocial and patient-orientated health services research, provides a validated measure to evaluate and improve compassionate care in practice, informs the development of evidence-based and sustainable healthcare policy, and provides educators with a means to equip and assess this practice competency in future healthcare providers. 



  • Health care practices 
  • Research studies 
  • Observational studies 
  • Clinical trials 
  • Education & training 
  • Policymaking 



  • Gold standard for evaluating compassion and improving patient experience 
  • Easy to administer and can be incorporated into existing patient surveys  
  • Supported by an active digital platform on compassion measure and resources 



  • Multiple versions of the SCQ available customized for different healthcare settings with ongoing validation studies internationally 
  • A shorter version (5 questions) available for research and educational applications 
  • Available in English, French, and Spanish languages, Turkish and Italian translations in development  





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