I’m interested in empathy in medicine because if my patients know that I listen and care about them, they are more likely to be honest about the real problems in their lives. This two-way conversation can overcome life-long barriers to improved health. Empathy matters!
The therapeutic connection between patients and health care providers is threatened as the electronic medical record (EMR) demands more and more of our attention. As we type, there is less eye contact. For every check-off box, every computer generated question, our empathy and kindness dims.
Doctor Chuck Radis is sponsoring an essay competition on empathy in medical care. Won’t you join us and write a short essay on a memorable patient experience? How do you avoid burn out? Your essay may be chosen for a $500 award ($250 for second place). Come check out the site and find a home for why you went into health care in the first place.
Doctor Chuck Radis