Journal article

Levels of Empathy in Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Students

Ted Brown, Brett Williams, Malcolm Boyle, Andrew Molloy, Lisa McKenna, Liz Molloy, Belinda Lewis

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERNATIONAL | WILEY-HINDAWI | Published : 2010

Abstract

Empathy is an important attribute for occupational therapists in establishing rapport and in better understanding their clients. However, empathy can be compromised by high workloads, personal stressors and pressures to demonstrate efficacy. Occupational therapists also work with patients from a variety of diagnostic groups. The objective of this study was to determine the extent of empathy and attitudes towards clients amongst undergraduate occupational therapy students at one Australian University. A cross-sectional study was undertaken using a written survey of the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE) and the Medical Condition Regard Scale. Overall, a strong level of empathy was re..

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