Teaching Empathy to Medical Students:  An Updated, Systematic Review. | Medical education | Scoop.it

PURPOSE:

Some research shows that empathy declines during medical school. The authors conducted an updated, systematic review of the literature on empathy-enhancing educational interventions in undergraduate medical education.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings suggest that educational interventions can be effective in maintaining and enhancing empathy in undergraduate medical students. In addition, they highlight the need for multicenter, randomized controlled trials, reporting long-term data to evaluate the longevity of intervention effects. Defining empathy remains problematic, and the authors call for conceptual clarity to aid future research

Batt-Rawden SA, Chisolm MS, Anton B, Flickinger TE. 

Dr. Batt-Rawden is a foundation year 1 doctor, King's College Hospital, London, England.

 

Dr. Chisolm is associate professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Ms. Anton is associate director for clinical informationist services, William H. Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Dr. Flickinger is a fellow, General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.


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