Empathy among Medical Students Studying Different Curricula: A Comparative Study

Shezadi Sabah Imran, Ariba Umer, Asifa Khan, Bushra Bibi, Aqsa Zainab, Anam Rahim

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine and compare empathy among medical students, studying two different curricula.
Study Design: Cross Sectional.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was carried out at the Department of Community Medicine of Wah Medical College, Wah Cantt from January 2018 to June 2018.
Materials and Methods: The study was carried out on second and fourth year MBBS students. The sample size was 90, calculated by Open Epi calculator and the students were selected by using stratified random sampling technique. A data collection tool comprised of two parts; demographic information about the individual was collected in the first part and second part was based on Toronto Empathy Questionnaire. The questionnaire had 16 questions and scored between 0-64. The questions were responded on a Likert scale of never, rarely, sometimes, often and always. The data was analyzed by using software program of SPSS version 20. Descriptive statistics and Mann-Whitney U test was applied to compare the mean scores of empathy of students studying different curricula.
Results: Mean score of empathy among students was 42.89+ 8.535. Mean empathy score of 2nd year students was 45.58 +7.203 and 4th year students came out to be 40.20 +8.981. Empathy was statistically significant in 2nd year students and in female students; female students’ empathy score was 46.38 while male students score was 39.40.
Conclusion: It is concluded that 2nd year students who studied integrated curriculum showed higher empathy scores than 4th year students studying traditional curriculum. Moreover, female students showed significantly higher empathy scores as compared to the male students.

Key Words: Cross-sectional Study, Empathy, Medical Students.

How to cite this: Imran SS, Umer A, Khan A, Bibi B, Zainab A, Rahim A. Empathy among Medical Students Studying Different Curricula: A Comparative Study. Life and Science. 2021; 2(4): 169-172 .  doi: http://doi.org/10.37185/LnS.1.1.172

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