Oxford Empathy Programme
Founded in 2015 by Dr Jeremy Howick and Sir Muir Gray
3rd Oxford Empathy Programme Colloquium 'Empathy in healthcare: Practice, teaching and design' 4 November 2019 in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine. Registration, abstract, poster submission now open: https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/open/2019-20/onn01/.
The Oxford Empathy Programme (OxEmCare) is an interdisciplinary research group that includes medical practitioners, philosophers, psychologists, and sociologists.
For all healthcare interactions to include a dose of empathy. This often, but not always, requires additional time.We work to ensure that the evidence-based benefits of empathic care are implemented into the heart of all healthcare settings and interactions.
Empathic care has been shown to improve patient outcomes as well as practitioner well-being. Trials show that empathic care can reduce: patient pain, depression, anxiety, practitioner burnout, and patient complaints / medico-legal risk. It can also improve: patient satisfaction, well-being, and improve medication adherence. Yet the extent to which practitioners express empathy is variable.
- Conducting and disseminating research on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of empathic health care and the factors that support its delivery.
- Influencing healthcare policy and practice to support empathic care.
- Developing and providing training and development related to empathy for healthcare practitioners, healthcare managers and trainees.
- Using best available evidence to inform decisions.
- Collaborating across boundaries.
- Promoting integrity and quality.
- Supporting next generation of empathy leaders.
- Overall: Building a model of an ‘empathic healthcare organisation’ and evaluating/implementing it. If you are interested in this please contact Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Research: the health economics of empathy (does it save or cost money?) If you are interested in this please contact email@example.com or Jeremy.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Teaching: deliver the empathy training course (if you are interested in this please contact Jeremy.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Other: what is the role of technology in an empathic healthcare organization? If you are interested in this please contact Jeremy.email@example.com.
4 November 2019. 3rd Oxford Empathy Programme Colloquium, in partnership with the Royal Society of Medicine: Empathy in healthcare: Practice, teaching and design. Register or submit abstract here: https://www.rsm.ac.uk/events/open/2019-20/onn01/
10 December 2019. Workshop on empathy with Professor Dan Zahavi and Dr Jeremy Howick. Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. (Please contact Jeremy Howick if interested in attending)
7 June 2019. Visiting Professorship Lectureship: Implementing empathy in hospitals. Jacobs School of Medicine, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
5 June 2019. Wendy MacDonald Visiting Professorship Lecture: Implementing empathy in hospitals. McGill University. Montreal, Canada
21 March 2019. Enhancing Empathy in Chiropractic. World Chiropractic Congress. Berlin, Germany
24 October 2018. The ethics and epistemology of nocebo effects in medicine. Ethox, University of Oxford. Oxford, UK
29 October 2018. Implementing the evidence that positive empathic communication for the nursing profession. University of Technology Sydney
24 November 2018. Why every (chiropractice) conference needs a dose of empathy. Plenary lecture for the McTimoney Chiropractic Association. Oxford, UK
26 November 2018. Exploring the dark side of the placebo: the ethics and epistemology of nocebo effects in medicine.
6 December 2018. Why empathy is required for person-centred care which is required for evidence-based medicine. London, UK
10 December 2018. Honesty, positivity, and hypnosis. Royal Society of Medicine. London, UK
15 October 2018. How to avoid harmful communication: the ethics and epistemology of nocebo effects in medicine. Delft, The Netherlands
9 October 2018. Putting empathy into practice. All day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshop at Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK
28 April 2018. 'Why every healthcare consultation needs a dose of empathy' Stanford Medicine X.
27 April 2018. One Day Workshop at Stanford Medicine X: 'Mine your placebo potential, unleash empathy, and meet the power of Doctor You'.
1 March 2018. 'Why every healthcare consultation needs a dose of empathy' Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford (https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/f25cef80-09c6-4800-bbdc-213776098691/)
13 March 2018 'The Ethics of Placebo Treatments' Health Psychology Seminars, King's College London (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/depts/psychology/research/ResearchGroupings/healthpsych/seminars/Seminars.aspx)
28 March 2018 The Oxford Empathy Programme co-sponsored a 1-day empathy training course. See here for more details.
26 January 2018. “Why every healthcare consultation needs a dose of empathy”. Grand rounds talk. University of British Columbia, Canada (http://www.msl.ubc.ca/events/spph-grand-rounds-dr-eva-oberle)
Official Launch of the Oxford Empathy Programme
25 October 2016. 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.
- This colloquium had over 50 attendees, including Sir Muir Gray and Professor Jeffrey Aronson
- What kind of empathy is beneficial to patients and practitioners?
- Through group discussions, plenary sessions and poster presentations, we will explore this and other contemporary issues in empathy, with a view to collating our findings and publishing a report on our colloquium.
· This colloquium had over 50 attendees, including Sir Muir Gray, Professor Jeffrey Aronson, and
· What kind of empathy is beneficial to patients and practitioners?
· Through group discussions, plenary sessions and poster presentations, we will explore this and other contemporary issues in empathy, with a view to collating our findings and publishing a report on our colloquium.