Can a computer program teach patient empathy?

Expressing empathy — identifying and understanding a patient’s feelings and motives — is a clinical skill that even experienced physicians can have trouble mastering, research shows. But what if it could be taught by something that seems unfeeling: a computer program?

Apparently, it can, according to a recent study that examined how often oncologists empathize when patients relay feelings such as fear, sadness or distress.

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