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Teach Learn Med. 2010 Jul;22(3):167-71. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2010.488191.

Evaluation of empathy among Korean medical students: a cross-sectional study using the Korean Version of the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy.

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Department of Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Empathy is an essential element of physician professionalism. Thus, proper evaluation and education of empathy in medical students is important for medical education.

PURPOSE:

This study was conducted to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Korean Student-Version of the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE-S).

METHODS:

The scale was completed cross-sectionally by 493 medical students at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea.

RESULTS:

Item-total correlations were all positive and statistically significant. Cronbach's coefficient alpha was 0.84. A factor structure similar to that from American medical students was observed. The mean score of 5.2 +/- 0.6 was obtained. Significant differences in the empathy scores were observed among years in medical school but not between genders.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings provide support for the reliability and validity of the Korean JSPE-S and indicate that it can serve as a useful instrument for assessing empathy among Korean medical students.

PMID:
20563934
DOI:
10.1080/10401334.2010.488191
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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