Increasing Empathy to Improve Patient Outcomes

We believe that it is important for health care providers to be able to empathize with their patients. We believe this because the datatells us that providers with higher levels of empathy are associated with better patient outcomes. However, we also believe this because as patients ourselves, we feel better cared for when our providers show that they understand us.

 

For patients with complex lives and complex health needs, empathy is even more important.   

by Sarah Mapes