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A randomized prospective study on outcomes of an empathy intervention among second-year student pharmacists. Am J Pharm Educ 2015 Mar 25;79(2):18

Date

04/11/2015

Pubmed ID

25861099

Pubmed Central ID

PMC4386739

DOI

10.5688/ajpe79218

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-84926169323   35 Citations

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of a single, 3-day intervention on empathy levels as measured by the validated Jefferson Scale of Empathy-Health Profession Students version (JSE-HPS).

METHODS: Forty second-year student pharmacists were recruited to participate in a non-blinded prospective study. Subjects were randomized to an intervention group (n=20) or control group (n=20) and completed the JSE-HPS at baseline, 7 days postintervention, and 90 days postintervention. The intervention group consisted of a 3-day simulation, each day including a designated activity with loss of dominant hand usage, vision, and speech.

RESULTS: The 3-day simulation increased empathy levels in the intervention group compared to the control group 7 days postintervention (p=0.035). However, there were no effects on empathy levels 90 days postintervention (p=0.38).

CONCLUSION: Empathy scores increased but were not sustained in the long-term with a 3-day empathy intervention.

Author List

Lor KB, Truong JT, Ip EJ, Barnett MJ

Author

Kajua B. Lor PharmD Chair, Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy Administration department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adult
Attitude of Health Personnel
Curriculum
Education, Pharmacy
Empathy
Female
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Humans
Male
Professional-Patient Relations
Prospective Studies
Students, Pharmacy
Surveys and Questionnaires
Teaching
Time Factors
Young Adult