Event Title

Levels of Empathy in Healthcare Profession Students

Graduation Year

2015

Location

Room E103, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

18-4-2015 11:00 AM

End Date

18-4-2015 12:00 PM

Description

Empathy is a viewed as a central component in effective healthcare provider-patient relationships. There is evidence that health profession students lack empathy. A cross-sectional survey was completed to identify whether there is any relationship between empathy levels in health professions students who have or have not identified a projected specialty upon entry into practice, and compare these findings between baccalaureate nursing, psychology, pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, and pre-occupational therapy majors. A 28-item questionnaire was completed by a convenience sample of 202 students with declared majors in the health professions of interest. There was no significant difference between students of all majors who had or who had not indicated a projected specialty. Empathy levels in nursing students with a projected specialty were significantly higher than those of students in all other majors with projected specialties. Gender and age significantly influenced empathy levels between students of all majors with a projected specialty. These findings expand the current understanding of empathy and what may influence empathy levels in students planning to enter healthcare. Suggestions for future research are described.

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Apr 18th, 11:00 AM Apr 18th, 12:00 PM

Levels of Empathy in Healthcare Profession Students

Room E103, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Empathy is a viewed as a central component in effective healthcare provider-patient relationships. There is evidence that health profession students lack empathy. A cross-sectional survey was completed to identify whether there is any relationship between empathy levels in health professions students who have or have not identified a projected specialty upon entry into practice, and compare these findings between baccalaureate nursing, psychology, pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, and pre-occupational therapy majors. A 28-item questionnaire was completed by a convenience sample of 202 students with declared majors in the health professions of interest. There was no significant difference between students of all majors who had or who had not indicated a projected specialty. Empathy levels in nursing students with a projected specialty were significantly higher than those of students in all other majors with projected specialties. Gender and age significantly influenced empathy levels between students of all majors with a projected specialty. These findings expand the current understanding of empathy and what may influence empathy levels in students planning to enter healthcare. Suggestions for future research are described.