A simulation-based empathy enhancement program for non-medical care providers of older adults: A mixed-methods study

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Abstract

  • Objective Studies using simulation-based programs for empathy enhancement have been conducted mostly for health profession students and medical care providers in Western countries. No empirical research has been conducted for non-medical care providers of older adults in community settings in Asian countries. The purposes of this mixed-methods study were: to explore experiences and perceived usability of non-medical care providers of older adults in a simulation-based empathy enhancement program; and to examine if the program is effective in improving empathy and relevant outcomes. Methods 104 non-medical care providers of older adults in South Korea participated in a simulation-based empathy enhancement program in 2018. Data were collected using self-reported questionnaires for effectiveness testing, a program evaluation questionnaire, and individual interviews and analyzed using statistical tests and thematic analysis. Results Care providers showed higher levels of empathy and lower levels of stress and burnout after the program participation (p<0.05Qualitative findings supported the improved attitude and care strategies, increased empathy towards older adults, preparing for their owaging, and restoration of emotional stability through the participation in the program. Conclusion This study suggests that the simulation-based program is useful in promoting empathic responses of non-medical care providers working with older adults.
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  • Han A; Kim TH
  • Start Page

  • 132
  • End Page

  • 139
  • Volume

  • 18
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  • 2