Empathy with Patients in the Medical Education Program of Iran; its Status and Training

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Minoo Yaghmaei 1 , Alireza Monajemi 2 , * , Maliheh Arab 1

1 Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Medical School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Science and Technology Department, Institute for Humanities and Cultural studies, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Yaghmaei M, Monajemi A, Arab M. Empathy with Patients in the Medical Education Program of Iran; its Status and Training, J Med Edu. 2016 ; 15(2):e105492. doi: 10.22037/jme.v15i2.10404.

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Journal of Medical Education: 15 (2); e105492
Published Online: July 20, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: October 30, 2015
Accepted: March 13, 2016
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Abstract

Empathy is a cognitive but not emotional trait that consists of understanding (and not sensing), experiences, concerns and  views ofpatients and the capacity to share this understanding. Some medical educationists believe that clinical education may have a negative effect on medical students and residents'empathy and steps should be taken for teaching empathy to medical students.Our main aim in this studywas to assess the status of empathy in Iranian medical educationprogram and how it is taught within this program. In this regard, byinvestigating and studying this program, we found that although there are some brief references to empathy, no proper program has been suggested for reaching this goal. It seems that the medical students’ (and probably other healthcare personals) training programs should be revisedin order to develop implement empathy in Iran’s healthcare system.

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