The prominence of reciprocal understanding in patient–doctor empathic engagement implies that patient perception of clinician’s empathy has an important role in the assessment of the patient–clinician relationship. In response to a need for an assessment tool to measure patient’s views of clinician empathy, we developed a brief (5-item) instrument, the Jefferson Scale of Patient Perceptions of Physician Empathy (JSPPPE). This review article reports evidence in support of the validity and reliability of the JSPPPE.
Hojat, Mohammadreza; DeSantis, Jennifer; and Gonnella, Joseph S., "Patient Perceptions of Clinician's Empathy: Measurement and Psychometrics." (2017). Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Faculty Papers. Paper 57.
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