Organisational Partner: Oxford Empathy Programme

Lead contact: Alvaro Barrera (, Jeremy Howick (

Brief Description of Work:: The aim of the Oxford Empathy Programme is to ensure that all healthcare interactions to include a dose of empathy. This often, but not always, requires additional time. Empathic care has been shown to improve patient outcomes as well as practitioner well-being. Trials show that empathic care can reduce patient pain, depression, patient complaints, while improving patient satisfaction and medication adherence. Enhanced empathy can also improve practitioner wellbeing. Yet the extent to which healthcare practitioners display empathy varies. Through interdisciplinary research and outreach activities spanning philosophy, ethics, psychiatry, and epidemiology, the Oxford Empathy Programme conducts interdisciplinary research, seminars, and training.

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Resident in: UK; Working in: UK, Other/[please specify];

Area(s) of Interest in VBP:Communications,Education,Meeting/ASS (Advanced Studies Seminar),Publications/CUP series, Research/philosophy,Research/epidemiology,Services/person-centered;

Related Area(s) of Interest:Communication skills,Evidence-based practice,Ethics,Medical humanities/literature,;

Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Mental health/General,Well-being,Other/empathy

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