Time Healthland.com , suggests that if doctors want to be successful, measured in terms of healthier patients, then they need to empathize more with their patients.
We all know the idiom “You reap what you sow!!” right? If this is true, then why wouldn’t it pertain to the medical profession as well? If you are kind to your patients, then they shall be kind to you and perhaps more willing to heed your advice.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Academic Medicine, better bedside manners along with more empathy for a patient’s ailments, led to better doctoring or at least better patient results.
Mohammadreza Hojat and his team of researchers of Jefferson Medical College, studied 891 patients treated for diabetes by 29 different doctors for 3 years. Doctors were scored based on how much they understood their patient’s perspective and how much that understanding fueled their desire to cure the patient.
Empathetic doctor’s patients were 16% more likely to have control over their blood sugar and 15% more likely to have better cholesterol levels than patients of physicians with the lowest empathy scores.
So the old adage “kill them with kindness” really does work (even on diseases). What do you think? Is a physician’s empathy level really helping a patient heal?
Prior research purports that patients of highly empathetic doctors are more likely to follow their treatment plans, which could account for these differences.