Levels of Empathy in Undergraduate Healthcare Professions Students

Noel M Kerr, Ashley M. Tegge

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Researchers sought to identify whether a relationship exists between empathy levels in baccalaureate health-care-professions students who have and have not identified a projected professional specialty upon entry into practice. A convenience sample of students with declared majors in health-care professions ( N = 202) completed a 28-item questionnaire. Empathy in nursing students with a projected specialty was significantly higher than in students in other health-care majors with projected specialties. Gender and age significantly influenced empathy in all students who had a projected specialty. The findings expand our current understanding of empathy and what may influence empathy levels in students planning to enter health care.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalInternational Journal of Human Caring
StatePublished - 2017


  • empathy
  • health-care professionals
  • Jefferson Scale of Empathy–Health Profession Student version


  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Nursing

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