Empathy leads to better communications, more positive health outcomes

Two published articles in the Academic Medicine Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges confirm what members of T1D TTN already know – empathy and communications lead to better health outcomes for people with T1D.  “Physician Empathy and Critical Outcomes for Patients with T1D” (Volume 86, March 2011, pages 359 - 364) and“The Relationship Between Physician Empathy and Disease Complications: An Empirical Study of Primary Care Physicians and Their Diabetic Patients in Parma, Italy” (Volume 87, September 2012, pages 1243- 1249) identify the factors that support empathy and communications as positive for both the healthcare provider and T1D patient. The Washington-based AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research.