Empathy: Lost or Found in Medical Education?

Sonal Singh, MD

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Does Empathy Really Matter?

The positive role of empathy in doctor-patient relationships and patient outcomes is well known. Empathic trainees emphasize the contribution of psychosocial factors in health and illness[9,10] They may be more receptive to the biopsychosocial rather than the biomedical model of disease.[10] Empathy is also relevant to clinical performance because empathy scores were positively associated with ratings of clinical competence in core clinical clerkships.[11]


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