Recent blog posting on Health Affairs:

 Empathy: The First Step To Improving Health Outcomes

Here is a key quote: "Health care providers have a unique opportunity to improve patient health outcomes by practicing empathy for their patients and complex life circumstances. Empathy is defined as, 'the ability to understand and share the feelings of another,' and studies have shown that empathy is an important skill for health care providers and is significantly associated with improved clinical outcomes."  

Full article: http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2014/02/25/empathy-the-first-step-to-improving-health-outcomes/#more-37133

 

The use of empathy is integral to occuapational therapy practice.    This will be an important value to highlight as we promote new roles for OT in the changing health care delivery system.