S-Space College of Medicine/School of Medicine (의과대학/대학원) Dermatology (피부과학전공) Journal Papers (저널논문_피부과학전공)
Evaluation of Empathy Among Korean Medical Students: A Cross-Sectional Study Using the Korean Version of the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy
- Roh, Myoung-Sun; Hahm, Bong-Jin; Lee, Dong Hun; Suh, Dae Hun
- Issue Date
- ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
- TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MEDICINE; Vol.22 3; 167-171
- Background: Empathy is an essential element of physician professionalism. Thus, proper evaluation and education of empathy in medical students is important for medical education. Purpose: This study was conducted to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Korean Student-Version of the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE-S). Methods: The scale was completed cross-sectionally by 493 medical students at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea. Results: Item-total correlations were all positive and statistically significant. Cronbach`s coefficient alpha was 0.84. A factor structure similar to that from American medical students was observed. The mean score of 5.2 +/- 0.6 was obtained. Significant differences in the empathy scores were observed among years in medical school but not between genders. Conclusions: Our findings provide support for the reliability and validity of the Korean JSPE-S and indicate that it can serve as a useful instrument for assessing empathy among Korean medical students.
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