Jefferson researcher seeks ways to make doctors more empathetic

‘Mohammadreza Hojat is trying to figure out how to make doctors more empathetic.


His study, published in this month’s American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, found that medical students who watched a skit about a senior citizen’s introduction to an assisted-living facility became more empathetic, but it didn’t last. His most recent work, not yet published, looks more promising. In that one, he combined discussions of short film clips with lessons on why empathy matters.


The stakes are high. Research shows that patients of doctors with empathy – what used to be called bedside manner – are more satisfied and are likely to follow doctors’ orders. Empathy also reduces the risk of malpractice suits and errors….’


By Stacey Burling