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A systematic review of tests of empathy in medicine

Joanne M Hemmerdinger, Samuel DR Stoddart and Richard J Lilford*

BMC Medical Education 2007, 7:24  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-7-24

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Reliability of the CARE Measure

Stewart Mercer   (2007-09-03 10:49)  University of Glasgow email

The authors state in this paper that the Consultation and Relational Empathy(CARE) Measure has a test-retest correlation at 3 months of 0.572. In fact the study they quote did not examine test-retest, it examined the correlation between CARE score at initial consultation and patients perceptions of therapist empathy at the end of the 3 month period. In unpublished work on test-retest reliability of the CARE Measure at patient level in the primary care setting I have found a correlation of 0.7 at 1 month follow-up.

Stewart Mercer

Competing interests

I developed and validated the CARE Measure

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