Much research has been conducted and empirical evidence produced to support the fact that doctors and nurses who exhibit many of the skills associated with Emotional Intelligence (EI) can boost recovery rates and overall patient well being.
In an article by Dr Helen Reiss, she spoke about Empathy in Medicine from a Neurological perspective. Dr Reiss went on to say that “A physician’s attitude and approach affect every aspect of medical care for patients and their families. An empathic bedside manner is no quaint relic of the past. To restore and ensure public trust in the medical profession, new generations of physicians must understand the emotional, physiological, and practical consequences of discarding empathy. One legacy of medical education is overvaluing scientific measurement and undervaluing subjective experiences. The neurobiology of empathy offers hope for those who value the subjective experience of empathy and for those who find comfort in what can be measured.” Read more