Listening to transcripts and recordings of 20 conversations between men with lung cancer and their doctors, Dr. Diane Morse of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and her colleagues identified 384 “empathic opportunities” in the discussions — moments when a doctor might respond with a few words to address patient concerns ranging from fear of illness and death, to mistrust about care and the health care system, to confusion about treatment.Click here to access.
They found that the physicians missed 90 percent of opportunities to respond empathetically to their patients.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
A gap in empathy?
From the New York Times article "Taking Time for Empathy":