Tea and empathyBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7485.229-a (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:229
- Paul McIntyre (firstname.lastname@example.org), consultant virologist
- Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee
At a recent educational meeting a consultant in palliative care emphasised that empathy but not sympathy was important in patient care. I was vague about the difference, although I have noted that professionals and lay people alike increasingly prefer the word empathy.
I consulted the website Dictionary.com/, which provided definitions of empathy from five different dictionaries …