Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Counselor Education and Supervision
Danica G. Hays
Previous research in the medical setting has credited empathy with improving treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction, though operational definitions of the concept are widely varied and indicate inconsistencies in conceptualization and subsequent assessment. The purpose of this grounded theory study was to examine the role of empathy in the medical setting. A model of conditions for empathy in medicine was developed through in-depth interviews with 21 healthcare professionals, utilizing their professional experiences and perspectives to structure the multi-level model. The seven levels of the model indicate the layers of complexity inherent in facilitating optimal empathy in medicine and add to the conceptualization empathic practice and development.
Bayne, Hannah B..
"Conditions for Empathy in Medicine: A Grounded Theory Study"
(2011). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, , Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/fesx-4y91