The Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy

We developed an instrument for measuring empathy among medical students and physicians

Mohammadreza Hojat

2007

Scholarcy highlights

  • Researchers at the Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care are undertaking an international study of empathy in medical students and physicians
  • This large-scale research is based on the premise that the development and manifestation of empathy in a patient care context is a function of experiential and psychosocial, as well as cultural, factors
  • 4 We found associations between empathy scores and ratings of clinical competence in medical school clerkships and noticed a decrease in empathy scores during the third year of medical education
  • We are interested in examining the stability or changes of empathy among medical students and residents as they progress through medical school and residency education
  • We plan to conduct a cross-cultural study to examine the predictors of empathy scores that are common or specific to each culture. This line of research will improve our understanding of the factors that contribute to the cultivation of empathy among medical students and physicians in different cultures
  • Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy References 1

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