The role of empathy in therapy and the physician-patient relationship

Jani, B. , Blane, D. and Mercer, S. (2012) The role of empathy in therapy and the physician-patient relationship. Forschende Komplementarmedizin / Research in Complementary Medicine, 19(5), pp. 252-257. (doi:10.1159/000342998)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000342998

Abstract

This paper seeks to give an overview of the role of clinical empathy in therapy and in the physician-patient relationship. Researchers have offered definitions of empathy in the clinical context, and a number of validated measures exist. There is evidence from the health-related research literature to support the positive association of clinical empathy with improved therapeutic outcomes in a wide range of clinical settings. Clinical empathy is also understood to be a crucial component of the physician-patient therapeutic relationship. Barriers to the development and expression of empathy in the clinical context are explored, and ways of enhancing empathy discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jani, Dr Bhautesh and Mercer, Professor Stewart and Blane, Dr David
Authors: Jani, B., Blane, D., and Mercer, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Forschende Komplementarmedizin / Research in Complementary Medicine
ISSN:1661-4119
ISSN (Online):1661-4127
Published Online:05 October 2012

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