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Empathy

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19 Nov 2016 - General
 

This medical comic is hilarious. The doctor went through great lengths to show "empathy" (no pun intended) to the patient by wearing a customized hospital gown (I believe this is a case of symapthy rather than empathy).  In everyday consults, doctors would have to be able to put themselves in patient's shoes which is also known as empathy.  This allows them to treat the patient and not just the disease. The important trait is not readily available to most young practicioners and needs to be harnessed through clinical experience.

For the MIMS community, how do you practice/show empathy to the patients? Do you see anything peculiar or have a refreshing take with the comic too?

 

Chih Chiang Nieh Your comments enhance the discussion of empathy. Thank you for these comments. Sympathy is not a trait that doctors should possess because it could lead to transference an...
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I agree that this medical comic is hiliarious, doesnt mean the doctor has to follow what the patient is undergoing to be empathetic. In fact he appears like he is trying to be funny. In our conservative Asian society, if a doctor were to do this, he ...
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I practice and show empathy to my patients mostly with my body language. Even though the day can be busy and lots of patient to see, we should appear that we are still patient and listening carefully to meet the ideas, concerns and expectations patie...
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Empathy is different from sympathy. Some people can be confused with those 2 terms. As doctors we should empathise and not sympathise with patients. Sympathy is when we look at the patient and we feel "ohh so poor things" in that manner; wh...
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Marinelle Castro The best move to show empathy is sometimes to not make a move at all. Allowing personal space and time to process a harsh news is probably the best one can offer to a patie...
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Heena Pohani That's a unique perspective, and I agree that there is some truth to that. It is similar to how some advertisements work - - by appealing to emotions! Nevertheless, all he...
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Heena Pohani Thank you for this very insightful comment of yours. "These qualities are being adopted by the quack doctors and they are taking advantage of it. " Honestly, I have n...
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It is an interesting, hilarious as well as quite a serious topic Mark Edmon Tan. Many times treating patients becomes a daily routine and many of us, doctors fail to realise the situation o...
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