Should physicians be empathetic? Rethinking clinical empathy
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The role and importance of empathy in clinical practice has been widely discussed. This paper focuses on the ideal of clinical empathy, as involving both cognitive understanding and affective resonance. I argue that this account is subject to a number of objections. Affective resonance may serve more as a liability than as a benefit in clinical settings, and utilizing this capacity is not clearly supported by the relevant empirical literature. Instead, I argue that the ideal account of empathy in medicine remains cognitive, though there is a central role for expressing empathic concern toward patients.
Schwan, D. (2018). Should physicians be empathetic? Rethinking clinical empathy. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 39(5), 347–360. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11017-018-9463-y
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
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