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Educación Médica

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ROJAS-SEREY, A.M.; CASTANEDA-BARTHELEMIEZ, S.  and  PARRAGUEZ-INFIESTA, R.A.. Empathetic orientation of the physical therapist's students from two schools of Chile. Educ. méd. [online]. 2009, vol.12, n.2, pp.103-109. ISSN 1575-1813.

Aim. To know the empathetic orientation of the physical therapist's students in two schools of the metropolitan region. Subjects and methods. This work is an analytical cross-sectional research, carried out between the months on March and November, 2006. 274 out of 351 students participated, who belonged to the levels I, III and V of the Universidad de Chile and Universidad Mayor Physical Therapy Programs. The Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE) was applied. For data analysis, the non-parametrical Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test and the non-parametrical Kruskal-Wallis test were used. Results. Higher scores in the JSPE with statistical significance were obtained in the third and fifth level of the program compared with the first one (p < 0.05). No significant differences were found in the scores related to gender. Conclusions. There exists higher scores obtained in the JSPE in students who are in more advanced levels of the Physical Therapy Program, being this difference significant in both universities. The scores obtained in the JSPE do not have statistical significance in relation to the variable gender in both universities.

Keywords : Empathetic orientation; Empathy; Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy; Medical education; Physical Therapy.

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