Empathy, emotion, and ekstasis in the patient-physician relationship

Pembroke, Neil (2007) Empathy, emotion, and ekstasis in the patient-physician relationship. Journal of Religion and Health, 46 2: 287-298. doi:10.1007/s10943-006-9071-4

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Author Pembroke, Neil
Title Empathy, emotion, and ekstasis in the patient-physician relationship
Journal name Journal of Religion and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4197
Publication date 2007-06
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10943-006-9071-4
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 287
End page 298
Total pages 12
Editor Leeming, D. A.
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
380300 Cognitive Science
440000 Philosophy and Religion
440208 Psychology of Religion
Abstract The place of clinical empathy in humanizing the medical encounter is discussed. Clinical empathy is viewed as having both cognitive and affective elements. It is argued that genuine empathy involves recognizing what the suffering of the patient feels like. This reaching out to the patient is connected with the Christian theological concept of ekstasis. Ekstasis has as its goal the establishment of communion. It is further argued that ekstasis and communion are the fundamental moments in clinical empathy.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
clinical empathy
emotion, ekstasis
humanized medical care
patient-physician relationship
patient-centered care
theology of medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 5 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 8 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Thu, 29 Nov 2007, 12:57:57 EST by Bikash Das on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry