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Ethnocultural Empathy Among Students in Health Care Education
Linköpings universitet.
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Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
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2009 (English)In: Evaluation & the Health Professions, ISSN 0163-2787, E-ISSN 1552-3918, Vol. 32, no 3, 300-313 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In a multicultural society, ethnocultural empathy has becomean important element in most health settings and developmentof this capacity has become a central component for health careprofessionals in their interactions with patients and clients.In this study, differences in basic empathy and ethnoculturalempathy were explored in a sample of 365 undergraduate studentsat the beginning and end of four master’s programs inhealth care (medicine, psychology, nursing, and social work).Results showed that it was mainly psychology students in thefirst semester who had significantly higher general empathicskills and ethnocultural empathic skills compared to studentsin the other study programs. Few signs of differences betweenstudents in their first and in later semesters were obtained.The observed differences may be explained by (a) levels of admissiongrades and applications requirements or (b) different culturesand expectations from the surrounding milieus in the investigatedstudy programs.

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Sage Publications , 2009. Vol. 32, no 3, 300-313 p.
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empathy, health care, culture, ethnocultural empathy, education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34533DOI: 10.1177/0163278709338569OAI: diva2:285018
Available from: 2010-01-10 Created: 2010-01-10 Last updated: 2015-09-09Bibliographically approved

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