Oxford Empathy Programme
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.
Forthcoming events and seminars
28 March 2018 The Oxford Empathy Programme is co-sponsoring a 1-day empathy training course. See here for more details. Tickets go on sale 16 January.
26 January 2018. Jeremy Howick ‘Doctors as healers’ (Grand rounds talk). University of British Columbia, Canada.
28 March 2018. Empathy Training course (Oxford)
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.