Can empathy be taught?

Medical students could do with a dose of extra empathy, an Australian study finds, leading researchers to suggest it should be taught at university.

Looking at empathy levels among health professional students, researchers found that aspiring paramedics had the lowest empathy followed by nursing students. Medical students fared a bit better, but less so if they happened to be male, the study showed.

However, physiotherapy students were comparatively compassionate and

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