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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Brett
dc.contributor.authorBoyle, Malcolm
dc.contributor.authorHoward, Stuart
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-05T00:23:11Z
dc.date.available2018-01-05T00:23:11Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn1471-5953
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.nepr.2015.09.002
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/143357
dc.description.abstractEmpathetic behaviour is regarded as a positive trait amongst healthcare professionals and has been attributed to increased patient compliance, greater patient satisfaction, and greater diagnostic accuracy and reduced rates of clinical errors. In particular, paramedic students have typically displayed lower rates of empathy when compared to their healthcare counterparts. The objective of this study is to assess both the level of empathy and changes in empathy in undergraduate paramedic students over a 3-year period at a single tertiary institution. A cross sectional study employing a convenience sample of first, second and third year undergraduate paramedic students at Monash University. Student empathy scores where measured with the Jefferson Scale of Empathy–Health Profession Student version (JSE–HPS); a validated, self-reporting questionnaire. 552 students were enrolled in the study. The mean overall JSE–HPS score for the cohort was 108.60 (SD = 12.50). Female students displayed significantly higher empathy scores of 110.27 (SD = 11.62) compared to males at 105.36 (SD = 13.57). There was also a significant difference (p = 0.03) noted between the 2008 JSE–HPS score 106.32 (SD = 14.02), when compared to the 2009 cohort, 110.18 (SD = 12.91). Results from this study suggest that paramedic students display lower empathy than those reported by fellow healthcare students within the literature.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom86
dc.relation.ispartofpageto90
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalNurse Education in Practice
dc.relation.ispartofvolume16
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCurriculum and Pedagogy
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111099
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1110
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1302
dc.titleEmpathy levels in undergraduate paramedic students: A three-year longitudinal study
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorBoyle, Malcolm


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