Cross-cultural comparisons of empathy and its influencing factors in first-year medical students

Sarah Gasperi
The growing interest in examining empathy in the field of medicine results from the fact that being empathetic not only increases the patient’s satisfaction in the physician-patient relationship but also facilitates the diagnostic process and improves the clinical outcome. In 1977 empathy in medical students was measured for the first time in Australia; numerous investigations on empathy at medical schools all over the world followed. Most of them revealed a higher empathy score in females...
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