Empathic responses in clinical practice: Intuition or tuition?

Buckman, Robert; Tulsky, James A.; Rodin, Gary
March 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/22/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 5, p569
Academic Journal
The article focuses on empathic responses in clinical practice, which is an accurate understanding of the experience of the sufferer that leads to an act in a helpful manner. It states that clinical empathy is an important element of quality care that is associated with enhanced patient satisfaction and compliance to treatment with fewer malpractice complaints. It says that clinical empathy is a medical skill that can be taught and enhanced to improve physician behaviour and patient outcomes.


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