Here is a great blog entry about the lack of empathy in healthcare and a discussion on the JAMA article of “Empathy in Medicine–A Neurobiological Perspective,”
The author Helen Riess, MD, goes on to describe the measurable neurobiological functions that take place between the physician and patient during an empathic encounter and shares a plethora of empirical data supporting benefits of this healing encounter.
She blames our medical education system for some of the decrease in empathy between a physician and patient and claims that much of this is due to the medical education system’s emphasis on emotional detachment, clinical neutrality and an over-reliance on technology limiting human interactions.
Many medical school will participate in the National Day of Solidarity for Compassionate Patient Care.
“As the first trauma surgeon to treat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
after she was shot, Dr. Randall Friese struck a chord when he said that his most important actions that
terrible day were “holding her hand, speaking to her and reassuring her that she was in the hospital and
would be cared for.”
To honor that spirit of caring, the Gold Humanism Honor Society of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation created
a National Day of Solidarity for Compassionate Patient Care for medical schools to undertake projects
demonstrating the importance of empathy and compassion in patient care.”
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