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(Bauchat 2016)

Title: Simulation-Based Empathetic Communication Curriculum
DOI or Website Link:
  • Jeanette Bauchat, MD, 
  • Christine Park, MD,
  • Lauren Anderson, PhD, MEd
  • Janique Santos
Date:   2016.

"This is a 1.5-hour empathy curriculum designed for four to five resident participants at a time and includes a simulation scenario followed by a debriefing session, a didactic session, and a role-playing exercise. The residents are the patient in a simulated scenario where they experience preparations to undergo an urgent cesarean delivery. The simulation experience includes being rushed to the operating room (OR) by an obstetrician and anesthesiologist, the consent process, undergoing a medical history and physical exam, responding to questions and commands imposed by the health care team, hemodynamic monitor application, preparatory OR work, and witnessing emergency team dynamics"

Topic Area:
 (In which field / sector / perspective was this study conducted?)

(How was empathy defined?)

(Were any benefits of empathy mentioned?)

 (What were the methods used to train empathy?)
  • Didactic session,
    •  peer-reviewed literature linking empathy with health outcomes
  • Role-Playing Exercise Doctors roleplay patients.
  • Empathetic communication
  • Debriefing session
  • Simulation

Target Group:  
(Who participated in this study / training?)
  • Physicians

About the assessment: How was the change in empathy measured before/after the intervention/method?) 
  •  Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy,

(What was the result?)
  • This curriculum has been shown to increase scores on the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy,
  • high marks on the evaluations

Posted By:  Edwin Rutsch
(Any other relevant information)

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