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1. Hall, Justin A. Empathy Levels in Health Professions Students.

Degree: Master of Health and Human Services, Department of Health Professions, 2019, Youngstown State University

<b>Introduction</b> Health professions and human services have one thing in common, which is that they work with people. However, the work they do is often very different. The purpose of this study is to explore the topic of empathy in health care professions students. This was explored because the ability to empathize can potentially make the person a better clinician. Better clinicians may also make better decisions which can lead to better health outcomes. <b>Methods</b> The study had 173 participants in majors or programs in health and human services. Two groups were given a researcher designed survey to assess their empathy levels. The survey given consisted of ten statements and then asked participants to rank their agreeance with the statements using a Likert scale. The two groups were categorized into health profession students and human services students. The survey was designed to give insight into both groups’ empathy levels and the ability to compare the two. <b>Results</b> The study indicated there was no statistical significance in the differences between the ways these groups responded to the survey. <b>Conclusion</b> The results were not what was expected and did not support this study’s hypotheses. It is recommended that further studies be conducted to draw a more solid conclusion to the research question of whether empathy is stronger in health care professionals. It is also recommended that further studies can be used to determine if empathy training is worth the time, effort, and resources in universities and in organizations that currently utilize them. Advisors/Committee Members: Lyons, Joseph (Advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Health Care; Health Education; Higher Education Administration; Health Sciences; Health professions students; University students; Empathy; Human services

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APA (6th Edition):

Hall, J. A. (2019). Empathy Levels in Health Professions Students. (Masters Thesis). Youngstown State University. Retrieved from

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Hall, Justin A. “Empathy Levels in Health Professions Students.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Youngstown State University. Accessed September 19, 2019.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Hall, Justin A. “Empathy Levels in Health Professions Students.” 2019. Web. 19 Sep 2019.


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