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Revista Científica Ciencia Médica

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ROZENGWAY VIJIL, Herman; GARCIA REYES, Ana Margarita  and  VALLECILLO AMADOR, Len Isaías. Levels of empathy according to Jefferson's scale in students of Honduras Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry. Rev Cient Cienc Méd [online]. 2016, vol.19, n.2, pp.14-19. ISSN 2077-3323.

Introduction: Empathy is an important component in the patient-physician relationship and is a recommended quality in all health workers; there are quantitative methods to measure empathy through specialized surveys with the aim of detecting average levels of empathy and possible Correlation factors in their increase or decrease, once detected these factors we can act to reinforce or reduce them. Objective: To analyze empathy levels of medical, nursing and dentistry students studying in basic areas, correlating with socio-academic data to identify possible variables that alter the empathy levels globally. Method: Cross-sectional study of undergraduate students in medicine, nursing and dentistry. We surveyed 146 students who responded to the Jefferson Student Empathy Medical Scale version in Spanish. Next to a survey of 10 closed questions of socio-academic aspects. Data were entered into the Epi-Info™7 statistical program where they were analyzed by means of absolute values, frequencies and percentage values. Results: In the study population, no significant empathy scores were found between the 3 careers, the men scored higher than the women, as compared to other international studies, an inversely proportional relationship was found in empathy scores To the overall academic score; The rest of the socio-cultural questions used in the survey did not reveal significant differences in the empathy score Conclusions: There is no significant difference in the level of empathy at the level of basic areas between nursing, medicine and dentistry, men in this study could be considered more empathic than women, the academic score could be considered as a potential indicator of level of empathy, The socio-academic variables studied do not show significant differences in empathy score.

Keywords : Empathy; Dentistry; Nursing; Medicine.

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