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(Hojat 2013)

Title: Enhancing and sustaining empathy in medical students
DOI or website link: 10.3109/0142159X.2013.802300
Publication:   Medical Teacher. pages 996-1001

Date: 11 Jun 2013

Hojat M, Axelrod D, Spandorfer J, Mangione S: Enhancing and sustaining empathy in medical students. Med Teach. 2013, 35: 996-1001. 10.3109/0142159X.2013.802300.Google Scholar

Background: Empathy is an important component of physician competence that needs to be enhanced.

Aim: To test the hypotheses that medical students’ empathy can be enhanced and sustained by targeted activities.

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

Intervention/Methods used:
 (What was the method used to train empathy?)
In a recently published study, Dr. Hojat explains that medical students can be taught to be more empathetic toward patients by viewing and discussing scenes from movies that illuminate the patient’s perspective.
  • viewing and discussing scenes from movies that illuminate the patient’s perspective.

(Who participated in this study / training?)
  • medical students 

About the assessment: 

What was the result?
medical students had more empathy after the training.

Posted By:    Edwin Rutsch
(Any other relevant information)

“There is a significant link between physician empathy and positive patient outcomes,” explains Dr. Hojat, who works with students at Jefferson Medical College to emphasize and teach the importance of empathy."


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