Residents’ clinical empathy: gender and specialty comparisons - a Romanian study

Voinescu, Bogdan Iaon and Szentagotai, Aurora and Coogan, Andrew (2009) Residents’ clinical empathy: gender and specialty comparisons - a Romanian study. Acta Medica Academica, 38 (1). pp. 11-15. ISSN 1840-1848

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Objective. To measure and examine medical residents’ (junior doctors) empathy and to compare psychiatry residents’ empathy with that of other specialties. Participants and Methods. A translated version of Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy for Practising Health Professionals was administered to 112 Romanian residents. Results. 60 residents in psychiatry and 52 in other specialities completed the questionnaire. Statistically significant differences were found between male and female counterparts, and between psychiatrists and residents in other specialities. Conclusions. Male doctors seemed to be less empathic compared to female ones. Psychiatry was the most empathic medical specialty.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Postprint version of original published article. The definitive version of this article is available at
Keywords: Empathy; Medical resident; Measurement; Psychiatry;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
Item ID: 3646
Depositing User: Dr. Andrew Coogan
Date Deposited: 08 May 2012 14:34
Journal or Publication Title: Acta Medica Academica
Publisher: CABI
Refereed: Yes

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