- Clinical empathy is the ability to stand in a patient's shoes and convey the desire to help
- Studies have linked empathy to better outcomes and a lower risk errors
- Empathy courses are rarely required in medical training but interest is growing
(CNN)The patient was dying and she knew it. In her mid-50s, she had been battling breast cancer for years, but it had spread to her bones, causing unrelenting pain that required hospitalization. Jeremy Force, a first-year oncology fellow at Duke University Medical Center who had never met the woman, was assigned to stop by her room last November to discuss her decision to enter hospice.