"An exercise on the challenges of aging helps students feel more compassion for patients, but researchers say repetition is needed for lasting results.
The link of outcomes and empathy
Previous research has shown a positive relationship between physician empathy and patient outcomes. In a March 2011 Academic Medicine study, Hojat and his colleagues found that physicians with high empathy had patients with significantly greater control over their diabetes than patients of physicians with low empathy
The studies used the Jefferson Scale of Empathy, which Hojat and his colleagues developed to assess how empathetic physicians are to patients. The test is now used throughout the world, Hojat said."