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(Empathic Healthcare) Emotional Intelligence makes better doctors — but bossy doctors lose empathy

March 16, 2017

A senior woman receiving a vaccination shot from her doctor — showing empathy towards patients can go a long way towards making them feel better.

Emotional intelligence, a lot of which can be manifested as empathy, revolves around understanding your emotions and the emotions of people around you. According to a new study, emotional intelligence can not only lead to better doctor-patient relationships but also help make physicians more resilient to the stresses of the profession and less likely to experience burnout. But there’s an interesting trade-off.

Scientists from Loyola University Medical Center found that young physicians as a group have a median score of 110, compared to an average score of 100 for the entire population. There were no significant differences between males and females.





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