Student empathy levels across 12 medical and health professions: an interventional study

Williams, Brett, Brown, Ted, McKenna, Lisa, Palermo, Claire, Morgan, Prue, Nestel, Debra, Brightwell, Richard, Gilbert-Hunt, Susan, Stagnitti, Karen, Olaussen, Alexander and Wright, Caroline (2015) Student empathy levels across 12 medical and health professions: an interventional study. Journal of Compassionate Health Care, 2 4: . doi:10.1186/s40639-015-0013-4

Author Williams, Brett
Brown, Ted
McKenna, Lisa
Palermo, Claire
Morgan, Prue
Nestel, Debra
Brightwell, Richard
Gilbert-Hunt, Susan
Stagnitti, Karen
Olaussen, Alexander
Wright, Caroline
Title Student empathy levels across 12 medical and health professions: an interventional study
Journal name Journal of Compassionate Health Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2053-2393
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/s40639-015-0013-4
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2
Issue 4
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Empathy is a difficult characteristic to define, teach and assess; the ‘nebulous’ properties of empathic behaviour often means that educators fail to incorporate the explicit teaching and assessment of empathy within the curriculum. One solution suggested is that teaching empathy in an interprofessional education setting is an effective educational approach in developing empathic behaviours.

Student participants from Monash University, Deakin University, University of South Australia, and Edith Cowan University completed a self-reporting survey package pre and post two-hour empathy workshop consisting of the Jefferson Scale of Empathy – Health Profession – Student version (JSE-HP-S).

A total of 293 students from 12 different medical and health care professions participated in the empathy workshops. The majority of participants were from Monash University n = 230 (78 %), the nursing profession n = 59 (20 %), < 26 years of age n = 215 (73 %) and enrolled in first year studies n = 123 (42 %). Using a paired t-test repeated measure self-reported empathy levels improved at p < 0.0001, mean 114.34 vs. 120.32 (d = 0.22).

This project has shown that self-reported empathy levels have been shown to statistically improve following DVD simulation-based workshops.
Keyword Empathy
Health Professions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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