Feature Interview (12:55) – Dr. Dominic Vachon, Director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, is back for a second episode to discuss the science of compassion, including how compassion or lack of it impacts both doctors and patients and what we can all do to be better at it.

Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine compassionatecare.nd.edu/

“How Doctors Care: The Science of Compassion and Balanced Caring in Medicine,” by Dr. Dominic Vachon titles.cognella.com/how-doctors-care-9781516540082

Also in this episode:

Background (01:00) – What Doctors (Secretly) Need from Patients, and What Patients (Secretly) Need from Doctors by Dr. Pamela Wible www.idealmedicalcare.org/doctors-secr…ed-patients/

Medical Trivia (Answer at 48:37) – There was a 2011 study published in Academic Medicine that included a blood test that analyzed how well a patients blood sugar had been controlled over several months. The patients were grouped into categories: good, moderate, or poor control of blood sugar. Then the patients’ physicians were given a test to determine their own levels of empathy. The doctors were grouped into categories: high, moderate, or low levels of empathy. The study compared the results to see if there was a correlation between the empathy of the doctor and the blood sugar control of his or her patient. Doctors who scored low in empathy had patients with a good blood sugar level 44% of the time. Did doctors with high levels of empathy have the same, higher, or lower percent of patients with good blood sugar level?

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