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(Empathic Healthcare)  Empathy of unwell other folks is also the most important to finishing infectious illness outbreaks – Medicalnewser.com

(Empathic Healthcare)  Empathy of unwell other folks is also the most important to finishing infectious illness outbreaks – Medicalnewser.com | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
A little bit empathy can move far towards finishing infectious illness outbreaks.

That is a conclusion from researchers on the Georgia Institute of Era, who used a networked variation of recreation concept to check how particular person conduct right through an endemic of influenza – or different sickness – impacts the development of the illness, together with how all of a sudden the outbreak dies out.
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Empathy from the Sick May be Critical to Halting Disease Outbreaks

Empathy from the Sick May be Critical to Halting Disease Outbreaks | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

A little empathy can go a long way toward ending infectious disease outbreaks. 

 

That’s a conclusion from researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who used a networked variation of game theory to study how individual behavior during an outbreak of influenza – or other illness – affects the progress of the disease, including how rapidly the outbreak dies out. 

 

The research study pitted the self-interests of susceptible individuals against those of infected persons, and found that only if sick persons took precautions to avoid infecting others could the illness be eradicated. Healthy people attempting to protect themselves couldn’t, by themselves, stop the disease from spreading. Among the key factors was empathy of infected persons.

 

CITATION: Ceyhun Eksin, Jeff S. Shamma, and Joshua S. Weitz, “Disease dynamics in a stochastic network game: a little empathy goes a long way in averting outbreaks,” (Scientific Reports, 2017). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep44122.

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(Empathic Healthcare) Patient Experience Summit: Empathy Amplified Award 

(Empathic Healthcare) Patient Experience Summit: Empathy Amplified Award  | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Patient care is more than just healing - it's building a connection that encompasses mind, body and soul. If you could stand in someone else's shoes . . . hear what they hear. See what they see. Feel what they feel. Would you treat them differently?


Empathy is the ability to imagine oneself in another's place and to communicate that understanding back to. The Empathy Amplified Award is an annual award created to recognize those that embody empathy and relationship centered care beyond what is expected in their role.'

 

By delivering care with our hearts and minds, the empathy we convey to our patients, families, and to each other, creates a culture that embraces the human experience...the very core of healthcare.

 

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Near-Death Experience Leads Physician to Promote Empathy

Near-Death Experience Leads Physician to Promote Empathy | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

The physician empathy training, which could be employed at other institutions, centers on these main strategies:

  • taking the position of the other person;
  • staying out of judgment;
  • recognizing the emotion a patient may be feeling; and
  • reflecting what the patient is saying back to them.


"We feel those are the four components that are critical to developing a relationship," Dr Awdish said. "Empathy allows you to transform these encounters into relationships, and that is truly what will impact the patient experience."

 

 Damian McNamara

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Study: Consequences of the presence and absence of empathy during consultations in primary care; a focus group study with patients

Study: Consequences of the presence and absence of empathy during consultations in primary care; a focus group study with patients | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

Highlights

  • Patients are very aware of the impact of empathy in the primary care encounter.
  • A lack of empathy can lead to patients avoiding contact with their GP.
  • Some patients show a willingness to forgive GPs for their shortcomings in showing empathy.
  • Empathy enhances patients’ coping behaviour and leads to a sense of enablement.
  • An excess of empathy can lead to the patient sharing too much private information.

 

Abstract

There is general consensus that explicit expression of empathy in patient-GP communication is highly valued. Yet, little is known so far about patients’ personal experiences with and expectations of empathy. Insight into these experiences and expectations can help to achieve more person-centeredness in GP practice care.

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Cleveland Clinic’s approach to burnout focuses on relationships

Cleveland Clinic’s approach to burnout focuses on relationships | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
The “Listening with empathy” module, part of the AMA’s STEPS Forward™ collection of practice improvement strategies, offers more on effective patient-physician communication.

 

There are seven new modules available in STEPS Forward collection, bringing the total number of practice improvement strategies to 42. Several of the modules were developed thanks to a grant from, and collaboration with, the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative.

 

https://www.stepsforward.org/Static/images/modules/41/downloadable/listening_with_empathy.pdf

 

 

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Doctors need empathy

Doctors need empathy | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Empathy in clinical practice is an essential component of the doctor patient relationship. This is the understanding of how another human being is feeling without going through the emotional rollercoaster yourself. 

 

Unfortunately, however, it is often lacking. Indeed, studies of medical undergraduate education reveal some evidence that there is a decline in empathy as students move through their training. This could be because the message that predominates now seems to be that doctors and healthcare professionals need to detached if they want to remain professional. I think this is totally wrong and leads to poor patient experience as well as less effective doctors.

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Grand Rounds Event: The Power of Empathy

Grand Rounds Event: The Power of Empathy | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Dr. Helen Riess, Director of Empathy and Relational Science Program, Massachusetts General Hospital presents "The Power of Empathy"
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The Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit

The Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

The Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit brings together patient experience leaders, healthcare CEOs, innovators, nursing leaders, policy makers, caregivers, industry experts and patients who are committed to not just the patient or caregiver experience, but also the human experience.

The theme of this year's three-day, inter-professional conference is Empathy by Design and features expert speakers, panel discussions and workshops representing multiple healthcare professions and disciplines who design programs, services, structures, spaces, processes and more with empathy in mind.

As drivers of this critical work, we also promise to deliver an experience for attendees that exemplifies empathy and innovation at its best.

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The Power of Empathy in Clinical Practice

The Power of Empathy in Clinical Practice | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
This 10-hour inter-professional workshop is designed for physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, and all health-related professionals who care for patients.

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the meaning and utility of empathic practice
  • Discover and learn about complex social and psychological issues related to inter-professional empathic practice
  • Identify psychological and systemic barriers to empathy in healthcare
  • Cultivate humanistic skills that allow healthcare providers to continuously improve empathic skills
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Drowning in Empathy: The Cost of Vicarious Trauma | Amy Cunningham | TEDxSanAntonio 

Caregivers and emergency responders are empathetic individuals who risk suffering from Compassion Fatigue, a form of PTSD that is treatable using the steps described in Amy’s presentation.
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Communicating with Empathy

Communicating with Empathy | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Communicating with empathy consists of six sessions that have been developed to promote sensitive and effective communication in end of life care.


Each session offers valuable, interesting and accessible learning that will be useful for informal carers, agency and care home staff, healthcare assistants and other staff providing end of life care.


Each session is designed to take 20-30 minutes to complete and the sessions can be completed in any order. The content includes interviews with professionals, patients and family members, video clips of simulated conversations and interactive exercises and quizzes.


At the end of each session learners can print or save a certificate which summarises the essential learning points.
Sessions:
1. Introduction to communication skills and how these are applied in end of life care
2. Making the most of listening
3. What do we mean by body language?
4. Responding to challenges in end of life care
5. Assessing and responding to communication needs
6. Examples of communication challenges: distractions in the workplace and communicating when there are language barriers

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(Empathic Healthcare) Empathy Empowers Patients To Control Disease Outbreaks

(Empathic Healthcare) Empathy Empowers Patients To Control Disease Outbreaks | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
"The behavior of the infected individuals can be more important than the behavior of the susceptible individuals in eradicating the disease," said Eksin. "A little bit of empathy can be crucial at this point."

While the researchers examined the results of individual actions during an outbreak, those individual decisions were actually related because individuals are part of networks of contacts. The study appears in the Journal Scientific Reports.
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(Empathic Healthcare) Emotional Intelligence makes better doctors -- but bossy doctors lose empathy

(Empathic Healthcare) Emotional Intelligence makes better doctors -- but bossy doctors lose empathy | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
A senior woman receiving a vaccination shot from her doctor — showing empathy towards patients can go a long way towards making them feel better.


Emotional intelligence, a lot of which can be manifested as empathy, revolves around understanding your emotions and the emotions of people around you. According to a new study, emotional intelligence can not only lead to better doctor-patient relationships but also help make physicians more resilient to the stresses of the profession and less likely to experience burnout. But there’s an interesting trade-off.

Scientists from Loyola University Medical Center found that young physicians as a group have a median score of 110, compared to an average score of 100 for the entire population. There were no significant differences between males and females.

 

MIHAI ANDREI

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Disease dynamics in a stochastic network game: a little empathy goes a long way in averting outbreaks

Disease dynamics in a stochastic network game: a little empathy goes a long way in averting outbreaks | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
These reactions influence disease spread. We show that there is a critical level of concern, i.e., empathy, by the sick individuals above which disease is eradicated rapidly.

 

Furthermore, we find that risk averse behavior by the healthy individuals cannot eradicate the disease without the preemptive measures of the sick individuals.

 

Empathy is more effective than risk-aversion because when infectious individuals change behavior, they reduce all of their potential infections, whereas when healthy individuals change behavior, they reduce only a small portion of potential infections. This imbalance in the role played by the response of the infected versus the susceptible individuals on disease eradication affords critical policy insights.

 

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Are our busy doctors and nurses losing empathy for patients?

Are our busy doctors and nurses losing empathy for patients? | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Every day, doctors, nurses and other health professionals are presented with situations that demand empathy and compassion.

Whether telling a 40-year-old man with cancer he doesn’t have long to live, or comforting an elderly woman who is feeling anxious, the health professional needs to be skilled in understanding what the other person is going through, and respond appropriately.

With more demand on doctors and nurses and a push for quicker consultations, clinical empathy is being dwarfed by the need for efficiency. But this doesn’t mean patients have stopped wanting to be treated in a caring and empathetic manner. And there is a growing body of evidence that this need is often not being met.

Empathy is key to good communication
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As a physician educator, i have learned that empathy and other effective responses to patients' emotions, concerns, worries and fears is not only the compassionate thing to do, it is good medicine and is linked to many positive outcomes. 
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Empathy is an overrated skill when dispensing medical care

Empathy is an overrated skill when dispensing medical care | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Over the past few decades, empathy—the ability to take on the perspective, or “feel” the emotions, of another person—has been touted as a key clinical skill, and a cornerstone of the doctor-patient relationship.

 

Communication with and trust in the doctor hinges on this quality, research suggests, right along with patient satisfaction and clinical outcome of the treatment itself. Many physicians are now trained to be empathetic, but still struggle with showing empathy all day, every day. After all, physicians are only human, prone to exhaustion and stress, and simply not empathetic all the time.

 

The proposed solution is simple: fake it till you make it; even if you don’t feel empathetic with your patient, you should at least give the impression that you are. But why do we deem a treatment incomplete without it, when empathy is neither easily employable nor a miracle cure?

 

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Karin Jongsma - Bioethicist, University Medical Centre of Göttingen

Verena Klar - Student, University of Göttingen

 
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Why Doctors Need To Show More Empathy To Their Patients

Why Doctors Need To Show More Empathy To Their Patients | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
There's a big difference between empathy, sympathy and compassion.

 

“A benefit of this model of empathy is that it focuses on developing skills, attitudes and moral concern rather than just urging medical students and doctors to be more compassionate,” Jeffrey said. “Empathy, unlike compassion or sympathy, is not something that just happens to us, it is a choice to make to pay attention to extend ourselves. It requires an effort.”

 

The paper was published yesterday (Dec. 6) in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

 

 

Rachael Rettner

LiveScience.com

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Does Your Doctor Need to Show More Empathy?

Does Your Doctor Need to Show More Empathy? | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
Instead of being urged to simply "be more compassionate," doctors should learn specific empathy skills during their training to improve their care of patients, one doctor argues in a new paper.

According to Dr. David Jeffrey, an honorary lecturer in palliative medicine at the Center for Population Health Sciences in Edinburgh, Scotland, who wrote the paper, there is concern about a general lack of psychological and social support for patients from doctors. Some studies have found that medical students experience a decline in empathy for their patients as they get further along in their training.

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Health Care: Where Empathy Really Matters

Health Care: Where Empathy Really Matters | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it
"We talk about the federal deficit, but we don't talk enough about the empathy deficit"

 

A turbo-boost on empathy is the goal of A Mile in My Shoes, a major new exhibition in the Houses of Parliament this week. In collaboration with the Empathy Museum, independent health charity the Health Foundation has recorded the everyday stories of people who work across our health and care system, and the exhibition challenges others to listen to them and walk a mile in their shoes.

 

Could you help a family come to terms with their recently deceased loved one’s request to be an organ donor? Or manage the daily 8am telephone onslaught in a GP surgery’s reception?

We need those who govern our health service to be empathetic too, which is why we’ve held this exhibition in Parliament. Many MPs have strong links with health services in their own communities, and these stories from the front line help shine further light on current pressures on the ground.

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The Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit

The Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

The Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit brings together patient experience leaders, healthcare CEOs, innovators, nursing leaders, policy makers, caregivers, industry experts and patients who are committed to not just the patient or caregiver experience, but also the human experience.

The theme of this year's three-day, inter-professional conference is Empathy by Design and features expert speakers, panel discussions and workshops representing multiple healthcare professions and disciplines who design programs, services, structures, spaces, processes and more with empathy in mind.

As drivers of this critical work, we also promise to deliver an experience for attendees that exemplifies empathy and innovation at its best.

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How empathy can help physician burnout

How empathy can help physician burnout | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

Her words drew tears to my eyes. Twelve months of debilitating chronic pain had wrangled me to a prone position most hours of each day, had chewed my ability to work, and eroded much of my capacity to mother our young daughter. Dr. R. was the only doctor who conveyed empathy. That’s one out of ten.

Empathy is a vital component of care. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “Providing empathic care improves the physician–patient relationship, resulting in improved patient outcomes and satisfaction.”

Is empathy a dying art in medicine? A study published in the Journal of Academic Medicine found that empathy erodes in medical students by the third year in medical school.

 

MARTINE EHRENCLOU,

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The Transformative Power of Empathy in Healthcare by Lorraine Aguilar 

The Transformative Power of Empathy” for healthcare workers at West Anaheim Medical Center, California. Lorraine Aguilar, CEO of Working Harmony, shares insights and techniques to compassionately connect to what matters without sacrificing efficiency.
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Cultivating Empathy: Inspiring Health Professionals to Communicate More Effectively by Kathleen Stephany

Research demonstrates that even if empathy – the capacity to perceive or share emotions with other beings – is not part of a person’s communication skill set, it can be taught. Empathy can, therefore be viewed as an acquired communication skill.

 

Cultivating and practicing the skill of empathy among health care providers enhances the quality of care experienced by their patients which, in turn, can even improve work satisfaction for health care providers.

 

http://ebooks.benthamscience.com/book/9781608059881/

 

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Medical students need to learn the potent medicine of empathy

Medical students need to learn the potent medicine of empathy | Empathy and HealthCare | Scoop.it

This purely technical approach can obscure the human side of medicine and erode empathy — the ability to understand and care about what makes a patient tick.

 

In fact, the empathy levels of medical students actually decline as they progress through school. Many become emotionally disengaged from the people they’re caring for — and that disconnect can impair care...

 

Without empathy, doctors run the risk of alienating their patients. The relationship can become one-sided, with the physician simply dictating treatments and the patient following orders.

 

By WOLFGANG GILLIAR

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