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The Oxford Empathy Programme (OxEmCare) is an interdisciplinary research group that includes medical practitioners, philosophers, psychologists, and sociologists.

University of Oxford

Promote the importance of empathy in clinical practice.

This includes empathetic relationships between patients (and their families) and healthcare practitioners, as well as empathetic relationships between healthcare systems and patients/practitioners.


  1. To develop and maintain a glossary of empathy (and related terms) definitions
  2. To maintain a database of key measures of empathy
  3. To identify and reduce contextual obstacles to empathy
  4. Explore the relationship between evidence-based healthcare and empathetic healthcare
  5. To develop empathy training for healthcare practitioners and healthcare managers
  6. To develop a research program
  7. To identify obstacles and facilitators to empathy
  8. Explore the relevance of empathy to professional burnout and stress
  9. To investigate whether the current model of revalidation is empathetic
  10. To investigate how can empathetic care improve value-based healthcare
  11. Does emerging digital technology enhance empathetic communication? If so, how?

Our team

Oxford Empathy Programme 2016

Official Launch of the Oxford Empathy Programme
25 October 18:00, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

2016 Inaugural National Empathy Colloquium
25/26 October Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
The aim of this event is to start a discussion about how promoting a culture of empathy might improve patient, practitioner, and staff health and well being. We will publish a report of what happened at the event in November 2016.

Upcoming Events

October 2017 (TBA) Inaugural International Empathy Colloquium
The aim of this event will be to take the ideas developed in the National Colloquium into an international arena, and begin developing an agenda for actions.

  • Funding boost for empathy research

    A new research project on practitioner empathy is to be made possible thanks to a grant from the British Medical Association foundation for medical research.

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