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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 99(1): e18470, 2020 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31895779


The appropriate approach to dental patients, developed during the course of dentists' training, is a prerequisite for the holistic treatment of patients. Empathy is an important component of such an approach. This study aimed to determine the levels of empathy among students of dentistry at different stages in their training.The Jefferson Scale of Empathy - Health Profession Students Version was used to conduct the research, and 100 dental students (66 female and 34 male) ranging from first to fifth year participated in the survey. The scale contained 20 questions, with a possible score interval between 20 and 140. A higher score indicates increased ability to express empathy.The level of empathy among dentistry students increased from the first and second to fourth years, where it reached its maximum. During the fifth year, a decrease in levels of empathy was observed.The increase in empathy during the dental course may be correlated with the growth of clinical practice during the subsequent years of study. A slight decrease in empathy in the fifth-year students may be due to the curricular focus on performing procedures, with students having to meet a set target in order to finish the course.

Atitude do Pessoal de Saúde , Empatia , Estudantes de Odontologia/psicologia , Adulto , Educação em Odontologia , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Assistência Centrada no Paciente/métodos , Polônia , Distribuição por Sexo , Inquéritos e Questionários