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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2016, Volume : 9, Issue : 9
First page : ( 1472) Last page : ( 1776)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2016.00286.9

A study of empathy across students from 4 health disciplines among 1st years and Final years

Prasanna Guru E.1, Gheena S.2

1BDS 2ndyear, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, India

2Associate Professor of, Oral Pathology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Chennai, India

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Online published on 12 January, 2017.


Aim and Objectives

This cross-sectional study examines the self-reported empathy levels of undergraduate students especially among 1st years and final years in four different health sciences disciplines.


Empathy is a central component in effective healthcare provider-patient relationships, yet evidence exists that healthcare professions students lack empathy. The highest mean empathy scores on entry to university were noted. A questionnaire with 20 questions are issued to the students and finally the mean empathy scores are noted among medical, nursing, physiotherapy and dental students achieving statistical significance.


This study aims at expanding the current understanding of empathy and what may influence empathy levels in students planning to enter healthcare.



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