October 10, 2012
Mohammadreza Hojat publishes like a mad-man on his Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy. I have never seen someone so dogged in the literature.
He's very good at describing the construct the scale measures, which is something like "how clinically important a doctor thinks patients' emotions are." This is certainly not the same as how empathetic a physician is, however.
So it's hard for me to decide whether articles like this one bug me because the conclusion oversimplifies the construct or because of professional jealousy. Hojat!
Post script: Also this one.
Posted by rbrent at October 10, 2012 07:12 AM