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Across the Research

Issue 14 - December 2023

Research Review Summary

How do the activity patterns of people with chronic pain influence the empathic response of future health professionals: An experimental study

Key takeaways:
  • For people with chronic pain, perceived empathy and understanding from others is associated with fewer symptoms
  • As healthcare providers and students, empathy may be impacted by personal beliefs surrounding pain management strategies
  • Empathic responses may be affected by the chosen activity patterns of our patients with chronic pain
  • Ideally healthcare providers would strive to embody high levels of empathy regardless of patient presentation
  • Perspective-taking activities are one potential strategy for increasing empathic responses