Title

The effect of stress on the level of empathy felt by the residents of the De La Salle University

Date of Completion

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Community Medicine

Keywords

Empathy, Psychological Distress

Abstract

The researchers used a cohort type of study. The medical residents of DLSUMC was divided into strata based on their exposure to stress and were identified using simple random sampling. Three residents were randomly selected from each department. Respondents, both the exposed and unexposed groups were given questionnaire on a monthly basis. The Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy served as data collection tools for the level of stress and empathy, respectively. Results were subjected to analysis and measures of association. Pearson Correlation Coefficient was used to determine the statistical relationship between the two variables. The researches hypothesized an inverse relationship between level of stress of the residents and the empathy they have towards their patients.

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