Empatiens rolle i lægeuddannelsen

Søren Bergstein Nielsen, Jeppe Enemark, Mikkel Damborg Foldager, Emma Thea Jensen, Simon Asger Nielsen, Dajana Ekmescic & Magnus Grønbæk Henriksen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


The purpose of this paper is to examine which understandings of empathy are prominent in both the course ‘Narrativ Medicin’ at Syddansk University as well as in the discussion between the medical students who already completed the course and in the description of the doctor-patient relationship from ‘Det Etiske Råd’. The paper wishes to research if there is a correlation between the understandings of empathy in these three various aspects. To do so the paper will include a theoretical account of empathetic understandings and processes, as for a description of the course ‘Narrativ Medicin’ and the reason behind its creation, furthermore an inclusion of a summary of twelve essays by ‘Det Etiske Råd’. Hereafter the paper will carry out an analysis of the three aspects to extract which understandings of empathy are present, after which it will be discussed whether empathy can even be taught. Furthermore the paper will highlight some issues concerning the use of Jefferson Scale of Empathy as a method of measuring levels of empathy. The conclusion shows that the course ‘Narrativ Medicin’ attempts to teach the medical students a high level of empathy, which they in return strive to achieve. This high level of empathy is corresponding to the empathetic understanding which Amy Coplan explains as an imaginative process simultaneously involving both cognition and affection, which is exactly what ‘Det Etiske Råd’ seek in medical education and qualified doctors.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2018
Antal sider61
VejledereLeif Hemming Pedersen