Empathy in the nurse–patient relationship in geriatric care: An integrative review

Nursing Ethics 26 (6):1585-1600 (2019)

Abstract
Introduction: Empathy is a complex human experience that involves the subjective intersection of different individuals. In the context of nursing care in the geriatric setting, the benefits of empathetic relationships are directly related to the quality of the practice of nursing. Objective: Analyze scientific production on the benefits of empathy in the nurse–patient relationship in the geriatric care setting. Methods: An integrative review of the literature was performed using the PubMed, Cochrane, CINAHL, Scopus, PsycINFO, and Web of Science databases. The articles retrieved were organized, evaluated, and classified based on the level of scientific evidence. Results: Relationships of empathy between nurses and older people were analyzed in quasi-experimental studies using different assessment tools, the majority of which had moderate levels of validity and reliability. Studies with a qualitative approach discussed the meaning of empathy in terms of the quality of care offered, compassion, and vulnerability. Discussion: Levels of empathy increase when activities are developed with the aim of teaching, sensitization, and training for relational care between nursing staff and older people. The analysis of empathetic relationships is important to the evaluation of the quality of care provided to older people. Conclusion: Empathy in the nurse–patient relationship in the geriatric care setting is an important ethical aspect that contributes to the quality of the practice of nursing. The present findings indicate the need for more robust assessment tools with adequate psychometric properties and the descriptive analysis of empathy.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/0969733018787228
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 44,327
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Caring Presence: Journey Toward a Mutual Goal.Holly Covington - 2002 - Dissertation, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
The Ideas of Empathy in Nursing: A Conceptual Analysis.Philip A. Greiner - 1989 - Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
What Does the Patient Say? Levinas and Medical Ethics.Lawrence Burns - 2017 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 42 (2):214-235.
Models of the Nurse-Patient Relationship.Catherine P. Murphy - 1983 - In Catherine P. Murphy & Howard Hunter (eds.), Ethical Problems in the Nurse-Patient Relationship. Allyn & Bacon. pp. 9--24.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-08-05

Total views
16 ( #529,847 of 2,271,521 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #263,348 of 2,271,521 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature