Empathy: From Attribute to Relationship

  • David Ian JeffreyEmail author


This chapter outlines the change in students’ perceptions of empathy as they gain clinical experience with patients. Initially, they talk about as empathy as a possession, something that they have. Later, they see empathy as something that they do, as a dynamic process which is embedded in a relationship and much affected by the context of the clinical consultation with the patient. They describe the process of empathising with a patient.


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