"Being a good doctor requires an understanding of people, not just science."
Why might empathy fail in our day-to-day practice? (despite our best intentions)
When we are...
- seeing your last patient on a 12 hr shift
- struggling with workplace conflict
- recently had a bad outcome
- having relationship troubles
- feeling depressed
It is important here to mention that it does not mean that we are evil or bad people when we are not empathetic.
As you can see, there are many reasons why our empathy quotient may vary from day to day!
We are but only human after all.
We may be able to teach empathy, but if we at least have an awareness of the effect of our empathy on our patient interactions perhaps we will all be more satisfied.
A few tips to keep in mind when interacting with patients
1. Sit down when talking to patients.
Casey Parker also talks about getting the VIBE from your patient consultation, and the ‘einfühlung’ - if you have 25 minutes to spare, listen to the podcast.
Empathy is real.
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