So You Feel My Pain?

Empathy may not need a prescription, but you won’t find it over the counter. By Dr. Mark Borigini, M.D….


For several years there has been active research undertaken in the field of empathy. Currently, researchers are studying the relationship between empathy and the approach to patient care, particularly the holistic approach to patient care. A study published last year in the “International Journal of Medical Education” examined the effects of reflective writing among health care providers, and this showed the power of narrative and reflective writing to increase individual empathy. The conclusion is that medical schools need to encourage reflection and empathic behavior as means to improve the delivery of health care.