Study calls for more empathy from doctors

September 23, 2008 2:40:34 PM PDT
A small study is revealing that many doctors offer little emotional support to patients who are looking for it. The study in the Archives of internal medicine found when patients made comments on topics such as the personal impact of cancer, their diagnosis and treatment struggles doctors responded with words of empathy only 10 percent of the time.

Even though the study was small experts say the findings reinforce other research showing doctors fall short in the simple act of acknowledging the emotional difficulties of their patient's predicament.