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Empathy is important for enablement

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:865
  1. Stewart W Mercer (, health services research training fellow,
  2. Graham C M Watt, Norie-Miller professor,
  3. David Reilly, consultant physician
  1. Department of General Practice, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 0RR
  2. AdHom Academic Departments, Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, Glasgow G12 0NR

    EDITOR—Reilly's editorial on enhancing human healing mentions the pilot work that we have done on the impact of homoeopathic consultations on patient enablement.1 “Enablement” describes the effect of a clinical encounter on a patient's ability to cope with and understand his or her illnesses.2

    We collected 200 valid questionnaires from 230 consecutive outpatients attending the Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital, an NHS facility that integrates complementary and orthodox approaches. Measures included the patient …

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