Measuring empathy in healthcare profession students using the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy: Health provider – student version

@article{Fields2011MeasuringEI,
  title={Measuring empathy in healthcare profession students using the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy: Health provider – student version},
  author={Sylvia Kleiman Fields and Pamela Lynn Mahan and Paula Tillman and Jeffrey Harris and Kaye Maxwell and Mohammadreza Hojat},
  journal={Journal of Interprofessional Care},
  year={2011},
  volume={25},
  pages={287 - 293}
}
While empathy is commonly accepted as a mutually beneficial aspect of the health provider-patient relationship, evidence exists that many health profession students are unable to demonstrate this important skill. [] Key Method The 20-item survey and a demographic questionnaire were completed by 265 BSN students. Correlational analyses, t-test, and analysis of variance were used to examine internal relationships and group differences. Results showed the median item-total score correlation was statistically…

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