Review  |   November 2017
Measuring Multidimensional Empathy: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for Osteopathic Medical Researchers
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Psychology at The New School for Social Research in New York, New York (Ms Martingano), and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn in New York. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Daniel Martingano, DO, NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn, 150 55th St Brooklyn, NY 11220-2508. E-mail: daniel.martingano@nyumc.org
     
Article Information
Imaging / Medical Education / Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Pain Management/Palliative Care / Professional Issues / Psychiatry
Review   |   November 2017
Measuring Multidimensional Empathy: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for Osteopathic Medical Researchers
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2017, Vol. 117, 697-704. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.136
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2017, Vol. 117, 697-704. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.136
Abstract

Osteopathic physicians are increasingly recognizing the importance of empathy for improving patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. This review advocates for a multidimensional perspective of empathy, encompassing both affective and cognitive empathy, and highlights situational and dispositional factors relevant to the curtailment of empathy. A review of the utility of self-report, behavioral, and physiological measures that researchers may use to quantify empathy in further research is also provided. The authors encourage members of the osteopathic medical profession to embrace a fuller understanding of empathy.

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