How empathic are pharmacy students?

Angela Macadam

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


The ability to consult with patients is becoming an increas-ingly important skill for pharmacists, in view of their chan- ging role. Indeed, poor consultation skills have been shown to be an important contributing factor to many of the medica-tion-related problems that patients experience.1 An effective consultation has several components making up its effective- ness; in the widely used DREAM approach to consultation,these are; collect Data, establish Rapport, provide Education And stimulate Motivation.2 In order to establish rapport with a patient, it is essential to be empathic; however, a recentstudy found that community pharmacists had significantly lower empathy scores compared with general practitioners.3 Given this difference, the aims of this study were to deter-mine whether students entering a degree in either medicine or pharmacy had differing initial empathy scores, and to deter-mine how the course affected their empathy score.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2008
EventBPC Practice Abstracts - UK, 2008
Duration: 1 Sept 2008 → …


ConferenceBPC Practice Abstracts
Period1/09/08 → …


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