In this thorough revision, updating, and expansion of his great 2007 book, Empathy in Patient Care, Professor Hojat offers all of us in healthcare education an uplifting magnum opus that is sure to greatly enhance how we conceptualize, measure, and teach the central professional virtue of empathy. Hojat's new Empathy in Health Professions Education and Patient Care provides students and professionals across healthcare with the most scientifically rigorous, conceptually vivid, and comprehensive statement ever produced proving once and for all what we all know intuitively - empathy is healing both for those who receive it and for those who give it. This book is filled with great science, great philosophizing, and great `how to' approaches to education. Every student and practitioner in healthcare today should read this and keep it by the bedside in a permanent place of honor.Stephen G Post, Ph.D., Professor of Preventive Medicine, and Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, School of Medicine, Stony Brook University Dr. Hojat has provided, in this new edition, a definitive resource for the evolving area of empathy research and education. For those engaged in medical student or resident education and especially for those dedicated to efforts to improve the patient experience, this book is a treasure trove of primary work in the field of empathy.Leonard H. Calabrese, D.O., Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve UniversityThe latest edition of Empathy in Health Professions Education and Patient Care grounds the clinical art of empathic caring in the newly recognized contributions of brain imagery and social cognitive neuroscience. Furthermore, it updates the accumulating empirical evidence for the clinical effects of empathy that has been facilitated by the widespread use of the Jefferson Scale of Empathy, a generative contribution to clinical research by this book's author. In addition, the book is so coherently structured that each chapter contributes to an overall understanding of empathy, while also covering its subject so well that it could stand alone. This makes Empathy in Health Professions Education and Patient Care an excellent choice for clinicians, students, educators and researchers.Herbert Adler, M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior,Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson UniversityIt is my firm belief that empathy as defined and assessed by Dr. Hojat in his seminal book has far reaching implications for other areas of human interaction including business, management, government, economics, and international relations.Amir H. Mehryar, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Population Studies, Institute for Research and Training in Management and Planning, Tehran, Iran
Part 1. Empathy in Human Relationships.- Descriptions and Conceptualization.- Human Connection in Health and Illness.- An Evolutionary Perspective, Sociophysiology, and Heritability.- Psychodynamics and Development.- Measurement of Empathy in the General Population.- Part II. Empathy in Health Professions Education and Patient Care.- A Definition and Key Features of Empathy in Patient Care.- The Jefferson Scale of Empathy.- The Interpersonal Dynamics in Clinician-Patient Relationships.-Empathy as Related to Personal Qualities, Career Choice.- Empathy and Gender: Are Men and Women Complementary.- Empathy and Patient Outcomes.- Erosion and Enhancement of Empathy.- In Search of Neurological Underpinnings of Empathy.- Parting Thoughts: A Systemic Paradigm of Empathy and Future Directions.- Concluding Remarks.
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