Journal article

Levels of empathy in undergraduate midwifery students: An Australian cross-sectional study

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

WOMEN AND BIRTH | ELSEVIER | Published : 2011

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This exploratory study investigated empathy and attitudes towards specific medical conditions, two important aspects of the midwife-woman relationship, amongst undergraduate midwifery students at one university. METHOD: Fifty-two Bachelor of Midwifery students across three years of the course completed questionnaires, the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy-Health Professional (JSPE-HP) version and the Medical Condition Regard Scale (MCRS). Both the JSPE-HP and the MCRS are standardised, self-report questionnaires with established reliability and validity. FINDINGS: An overall respectable level of empathy was measured, which was shown to increase consistently and substantially wi..

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