Exploring Empathy with Medical Students

Authors: Jeffrey, David Ian

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  • Investigates new insights into the factors influencing empathy in medical students
  • Addressing the widely perceived empathy gap in teaching and medical practice
  • Argues for greater involvement of the social sciences in medical education
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This book investigates new insights into the factors influencing empathy in medical students. Addressing the widely perceived empathy gap in teaching and medical practice, the book presents a new study into how this emotion is facilitated in the UK undergraduate medical curriculum, and its influence on doctor-patient relationships. The author utilises Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to investigate how medical students’ perspective on empathy changed throughout their education. It presents the risks students perceive when connecting emotionally with patients; their use of detachment as a taught coping mechanism; and the question of how they regulate their emotions. 
The book reveals the tension between students’ connection with and detachment from a patient and their aim to achieve an appropriate balance. The author presents a number of factors which seem to enhance empathy, and explores the balance of scientific biomedical versus psychosocial approaches in medical training. In contrast to the commonly-reported opinion that there has been decline in medical students’ empathy, this book contends that student empathy in fact increased during their training. This new study offers invaluable insight into how students and practitioners may be supported in dealing appropriately with their emotions as well as with those of their patients, thereby facilitating more humane medical care.

About the authors

David Ian Jeffrey is Honorary Lecturer in Palliative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, UK and formerly Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Cheltenham UK. Previous published books include, Medical Mentoring (2014) and (co-author E. Jeffrey) Enhancing Compassion in End-of-Life Care Through Drama (2013).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploring Empathy with Medical Students
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11211-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11211-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11210-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 238
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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