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Should We Train Doctors for Empathy?

Should We Train Doctors for Empathy? | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Following a wave of research suggesting the benefits of emotionally attuned physicians, the medical field is exploring ways to cultivate empathy.


In light of the research, Kirch wants to produce more doctors who show care and sensitivity toward their patients. To this end, one of the steps he and the AAMC are taking is to screen for them: They have revised the MCAT, the admission test for medical school, so that the test now includes a new section measuring student knowledge on the behavioral, social, and psychological elements of health care—a way to gauge applicants’ understanding of how a patient’s background, psychology, and experience impacts their health. Kirch sees this change as important for the development of empathic, effective healers.


By Jill Suttie | July 8, 2015 

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Why Kindness Heals: empathy for a patient -- listening, connecting, and validating them

Why Kindness Heals: empathy for a patient -- listening, connecting, and validating them | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
While some clinicians don't appreciate this reality, research has demonstrated that when a physician or nurse shows empathy for a patient -- listening, connecting, and validating them -- the patient is more likely to recover faster across a wide variety of medical conditions to even include surgery.


One study has demonstrated that an empathetic interaction with a physician can have as much of a positive impact on one's risk of heart attack as taking an aspirin a day.

James R. Doty, M.D.

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Dogs are experts at reading human EMOTIONS: how dogs seem able to show empathy.

Dogs are experts at reading human EMOTIONS:  how dogs seem able to show empathy. | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Dogs can read human emotions: Canines recognise when people are feeling happy or sad, even if they've never met them 


  • Scientists tested dogs' ability to read the emotions of human strangers 
  • They were able to combine facial expressions with the tone of voice
  • Dogs were also highly attuned to detecting emotions in other canines
  • Results prove dogs recognise emotions in all humans not just their owners



Scientists believe they have unravelled just how dogs seem able to show empathy.


It is because they are able to rapidly mimic or 'catch' emotions, research suggests.
 

In humans, it has been shown that when experiencing empathy, humans tend to mirror or mimic the emotional expression of the person they are engaging with.
 

Now researchers led by Elisabetta Palagi, of the University of Pisa have found that dogs possess a key 'building-block of empathy' - being able to mimic emotional behaviour in other dogs.
 


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Patient Empathy: It Starts with You

Work can be hectic, long and chaotic. As health care providers, we all need to stop for a moment and think about how small things can make a big difference in other people's lives.
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Doctors often struggle to show compassion while dealing with patients

Doctors often struggle to show compassion while dealing with patients | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

 
Many say our health-care system lacks compassion. I too at times feel that pills and surgeries, CT scans and radiation therapies, biopsies and blood tests have become a priority in medicine and that compassion — the “touchy-feely” part of medicine — has become an afterthought in patient care.


After a few days in the hospital, Mr. Venata’s fever subsided, and I asked if I could talk with him about his experience. He was a retired major who earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam, then became an executive for a multinational company, from which he had recently retired. He had never been married. I wanted to talk to him about how doctors should handle end-of-life situations.


By Manoj Jain

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The simple way doctors can make their patients feel understood

The simple way doctors can make their patients feel understood | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

How often have you gone to doctors and had the following happen: They truly listen. They ask about the worst part of your pain. They walk with you from the exam room back to the reception area.

Exactly. For most Americans, such moments are rare.

But these are some of the specific ways doctors can make a connection so that patients feel understood, according to two experts on physician empathy. The stronger that connection, the more likely patients are to take their medicine or otherwise work with their doctors, resulting in improved health....


In an interview, Epstein said that what he and Back are advocating goes beyond empathy.


“You can be empathetic without being engaged,” he said. “When a doctor says, ‘I can see how this is making you feel sad,’ that’s not implying a personal connection.” But if a doctor says, "I can only begin to imagine….,” there is a conscious change in perception.


By Lena H. Sun 

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A Proposed Sea Change in Medical School Admissions: Humanism Was Lost With the Rise of Technology, But It's Time to Get It Back by Helen Riess, M.D.

A Proposed Sea Change in Medical School Admissions: Humanism Was Lost With the Rise of Technology, But It's Time to Get It Back by Helen Riess, M.D. | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

But the public cry for more humanistic and compassionate care is lost when admissions committees emphasize test-taking skills at the expense of assessing an applicant's humanity and empathy.


A recent study indicates that incoming medical students vary on their attitudes toward the value of physician empathy when they begin medical school.


The study suggests that curricula in medical schools promoting empathic care may be much more effective if students' preexisting attitudes are taken into account.


The researchers found that close-mindedness, low dispositional empathy, discomfort with uncertainty, and comfort with medical authoritarianism independently predicted first year medical students' attitudes toward the benefits of empathy in medical encounters.


by Helen Riess, M.D.

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Humanly Possible: The Empathy Show - Gallery show uses art to give empathy a shot in the arm

Humanly Possible: The Empathy Show - Gallery show uses art to give empathy a shot in the arm | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Alarmed by social trends, Instinct Art Gallery's director assembled an exhibition that's all about seeing through the eyes of others.


The ability to see through the eyes of another is a quality that Thoreau once described as miraculous. A new show at Instinct Art Gallery in Minneapolis hopes to inspire that kind of empathy in everyday life.


Gallery director John Schuerman knows that humans sometimes shut off their empathy, because he catches himself doing it. He regularly walks down Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis to work. Over the years the street has become increasingly populated by homeless people asking for handouts.


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Seeing Through Physicians' Eyes: Three Priorities for Pharma

Seeing Through Physicians' Eyes: Three Priorities for Pharma | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
There’s a growing body of evidence showing the value of empathy among physicians.


Those who show true empathy for their patients (also known as bedside manner) tend to have better outcomes. Their patients stick to treatment plans, heal faster, and have fewer hospital readmissions. That makes intuitive sense. In any kind of communication­, seeing things from the other person’s perspective leads to better results.


By Pratap Khedkar and Malcolm Sturgis

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Study: The Relationship Between Physician Empathy and Disease Complications: An Empirical Study of Primary Care Physicians and Their Diabetic Patients in Parma, Italy

Study: The Relationship Between Physician Empathy and Disease Complications: An Empirical Study of Primary Care Physicians and Their Diabetic Patients in Parma, Italy | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
To test the hypothesis that scores of a validated measure of physician empathy are associated with clinical outcomes for patients with diabetes mellitus.


This retrospective correlational study included 20,961 patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus from a population of 284,298 adult patients in the Local Health Authority, Parma, Italy, enrolled with one of 242 primary care physicians for the entire year of 2009.


Participating physicians' Jefferson Scale of Empathy scores were compared with occurrence of acute metabolic complications (hyperosmolar state, diabetic ketoacidosis, coma) in diabetes patients hospitalized in 2009....


These results suggest that physician empathy is significantly associated with clinical outcome for patients with diabetes mellitus and should be considered an important component of clinical competence.
 

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Brief immersion in dementia builds empathy in caregivers

Brief immersion in dementia builds empathy in caregivers | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Using a program called Virtual Dementia Tour, nursing staff, community members and other caregivers approximate the cognitive, emotional and physiological changes associated with age-related dementia.


“Compassion is essential, but if you have empathy, too, it’s a whole different thing,” Kate Robinson, a registered nurse at the Island Nursing Home and Care Center in Deer Isle, said. And because empathy, by definition, can only be achieved by having shared the experience of dementia and its associated emotions, the facility does its best to provide the opportunity.

Using a program called Virtual Dementia Tour, nursing staff, community members and other caregivers approximate the cognitive, emotional and physiological changes associated with age-related dementia.


By Meg Haskell


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Try walking in their shoes. Physicians and Empathy.

Try walking in their shoes. Physicians and Empathy. | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Clinical empathy is a more specific and complex construct commonly used in the realm of medical education and patient care.


Clinical empathy is structured around four different dimensions:

(1) emotive; the ability to imagine others perspectives and emotions,
(2) moral; the motivation to empathize,
(3) cognitive; the ability to identify emotions and perspectives and
(4) behavioral; the ability to convey understanding.


Over the last twenty years, the recognition of empathy as a cognitive skill that can be taught and refined (and not a personality trait)  has led to the creation and implementation of empathy curricula in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, including some live and online courses such as VitalTalk and Empathics. This is a major step in recognizing communication and other soft skills as fundamental for caring for people.


By Daniel Cabrera

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The Case for Empathy by Helen Riess Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program

The Case for Empathy by  Helen Riess Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

Presented by Helen Riess, MD, Chief Scientific Officer, Empathetics; Associate Professor-Part Time of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at MGH

Dr. Helen Riess will share her research regarding the case for empathy which leads to improved provider-patient communication and patient satisfaction scores. Empathy training helps doctors and nurses more accurately interpret and translate emotional communications, and it can lead to greater trust, safety and satisfaction for patients and medical professionals. The benefits enjoyed by clinicians who have improved their ability to communicate with empathy include:

Higher patient satisfaction ratings
Improved quality of interactions with patients, families and colleagues
Greater patient adherence to treatment and better medical outcomes
Enhanced clinician well-being
Increased job satisfaction and reduced burnout
Lower risk of malpractice claims

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"Automated Empathy" works surprisingly well in healthcare

"Automated Empathy" works surprisingly well in healthcare | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

Health care startup made a wild pitch to Cara Waller, CEO of the Newport Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach. The company said it could get patients more engaged by “automating” physician empathy.

It “almost made me nauseous,” she said. How can you automate something as deeply personal as empathy?

But Waller needed help. Her physicians, who perform as many as 500 surgeries a year, manage large numbers of patients at various stages of treatment and recovery. They needed a better way to communicate with patients and track their progress.


BY BARBARA FEDER OSTROV

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Clinical Empathy in a Post-ACA World

Clinical Empathy in a Post-ACA World | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

Speaker: Jodi Halpern, UC Berkeley
Tuesday, 02/09/16

04:30 PM - 06:00 PM


Learn how health care providers can recognize when their emotions are worsening conflicts with patients and families. In the current health care climate, providers are under increasing pressure to do more for patients in less time. Providers want to give empathic care but fear burning out. Patients and families are frustrated with the limitations of the health care system.


As a result, there are often conflicts between providers, patients and families that can undermine effective health care.


Gain exposure to specific skills that promote sustainable empathy to provide more effective care and to enjoy your work more.

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Building Empathy in Healthcare: Kasley Killam and Dr. Helen Riess

Building Empathy in Healthcare: Kasley Killam and Dr. Helen Riess | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Empathy matters for a couple reasons. First, empathy is good for patients. It builds trust, which increases patient satisfaction and compliance. When patients perceive that they connect on common ground with the physician, they have better recovery rates. Second, empathy is good for doctors.


According to research, patients seldom verbalize their emotional concerns outright and, when they do, their doctors often do not acknowledge the concerns. Empathy can counteract this issue, help doctors do their job well, and even buffer against physician burnout.


However, we have a long way to go before empathy is properly incorporated into everyday practice. As one article observed, “the culture of medicine and of medical training may be such that empathy is under-valued and under-taught.” 


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Can Actors Help Teach Doctors How to Be More Empathetic?

Can Actors Help Teach Doctors How to Be More Empathetic? | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
While doctors spend years in school learning how to properly treat patients, it’s medical actors, or “standardized patients,” who help teach them how to be


When Corinne May Botz learned about these actors, she became fascinated by the notion of “playing sick,” especially the ways in which it relates to the theater of medicine and early medical and psychiatric photography.


“I was sick a lot as a child and grew to hate doctors as a result,” she wrote via email. “So the concept of being paid to act sick and the fact that standardized patients give feedback to medical students struck me as empowering and pointed to agency and subjectivity of the patient.,...”


Botz considered questions that would frame the project, specifically whether students could learn empathy through the practice of medicine and whether art could teach viewers about empathy. Flaherty also plays both herself and an SP in an accompanying film Botz created for the project. 


By David Rosenberg

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Why Physicians Need ‘Right Compassion’

Why Physicians Need ‘Right Compassion’ | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
To be effective in relieving suffering, doctors must strike a balance between paucity and excess of empathy.


As a young doctor working in the E.R. my capacity for compassion, and that of my colleagues, was often stretched; this was particularly the case when my patients could be said to have brought misfortune on themselves. I saw drug addicts suffering overdose, teenagers retching after self-poisoning, thieves injured through being arrested, all treated more brusquely than other theoretically more blameless patients.


I tried hard to maintain empathy, reflecting that the overdosed, self-poisoned and criminal may no more have brought their problems on themselves than those with skiing or horse-riding injuries or heart palpitations through overwork.


But it’s complicated: I’ve stitched up many slashed wrists cut not through willfulness but as a release from intense anguish; I’ve attended alcoholics for whom alcohol was clearly a substitute for love.


I may not have always succeeded, but I always hoped that my humanity, or my professional duty to provide a high standard of care, would step in when my compassion was running low.



By GAVIN FRANCIS
NY Time  Opinion Pages
 

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Power of empathy noted: critical for doctors and other health professionals to make use of the ''power of empathy''

Power of empathy noted:  critical for doctors and other health professionals to make use of the ''power of empathy'' | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

By John Gibb


It is critical for doctors and other health professionals to make use of the ''power of empathy'' in dealing with their clients, Highlanders team doctor Greg Macleod says.


Dr Macleod, a University of Otago graduate, was addressing about 310 Otago medical and physiotherapy graduates at a 1pm ceremony at the Dunedin Town Hall on Saturday.


 'Trust me, it is your empathy, not your knowledge, that will make you a good clinician.''


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Can machines evaluate psychotherapists?

Can machines evaluate psychotherapists? | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

Computational analysis and empathy may not sound like a match made in heaven. But a new study suggests that machine-learning systems can be harnessed to the task of detecting, measuring and enhancing a mental health professional's empathic response to clients in distress.

That, in turn, could make psychotherapy better, and more widely accessible where it's most needed.

To doubters, it might even help prove its worth.

In work performed at USC, researchers devised an engineering solution to a perennial problem in the training and assessment of psychotherapists: The systems in place for detecting empathy are basically other humans...


Psychologist Atkins said that focusing on empathy -- the glue that forms the psychotherapeutic relationship and starts the healing -- may be key to demonstrating the value of those less-studied forms of talk therapy as well.


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Mindsight in Medicine: An Interpersonal Neurobiology View of Empathy in Clinical Care

12/2/15 - Medicine Grand Rounds - Stanford School of Medicine

Presenter: Dan Siegel, MD
Clinical Professor (Psychiatry)
University of California, Los Angeles

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(Empathy in Healthcare) Foster a Culture of Empathy to Improve Patient Experience

(Empathy in Healthcare) Foster a Culture of Empathy to Improve Patient Experience | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Patient experience isn't just about the metrics. To create sustainable improvements, you need employees to invest in patient care and connect with their patients.


Learn how to foster a culture of empathy at your organization and perform purposeful leader rounding. Our experts highlight the importance of overcoming compassion fatigue and share frameworks and tactics for engaging patients.


Find out all the ways that iRound can help your hospital create excellent patient experiences and foster positive relationships.

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Empathize with me Doctor (2015 AMS Phoenix Annual Conference)

This video was made from the Medical Education Unit, Dept of Hygiene & Epidemiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, Greece.

It is an invited presentation at the AMS Phoenix Project 2015 Conference, in Ontario Canada with the title "Bringing Compassion to Healthcare" in the Session Videos on Global Perception oon Caring and Compassion

The video describes the "Empathize with me Doctor" Project which is a 60-hour experiential training program, which was designed by Vassilios Kiosses PgD, PhD(c) in MedEd.

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Top physician fosters empathy in medicine

Top physician fosters empathy in medicine | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Like Charon, Joyce both practices and teach­es the multidisciplinary study of empathy. Re­cently in class, Joyce employed a series of exer­cises intended to help students build empathy with one another.


One exercise involves build­ing a conceptual map based on what one class member perceives of another. In a different ex­ercise, students take turns holding each other’s styloid bone on the wrist, while students write in the air.

A member of his writing seminar, Sarah King ’16, found Joyce’s focus on empathy in the class­room very effective. She said, “Empathy asks a person to be in tune with what’s happening at that moment with another human or multiple humans or the self.”

King sees also how the technique might be used outside of the classroom. She said, “The focus on empathy can help doctors retain their humanness in their work ethic.”

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Should We Train Doctors for Empathy?: Why do doctors need empathy? by Jill Suttie

Should We Train Doctors for Empathy?:  Why do doctors need empathy? by Jill Suttie | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

All of us probably have similar stories of doctors who’ve been kind and caring, and others who’ve been less so, maybe even rude. While we all want great medical care, we also want doctors who listen to us and convey empathy—an understanding of our feelings and concerns, reflected in a warm demeanor. This can help us to trust and feel connected to them. But that combination can be hard to find.


A 2011 survey of 800 recently hospitalized patients found that only 53 percent of them felt that their physicians were empathic and caring.


And it’s not just in their heads: In one study where doctor-patient encounters were videotaped, researchers found that doctors often overlooked or dismissed signs of distress communicated by patients, providing empathic responses only 22 percent of the time. Other studies have found similar results.

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