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Jefferson Scale of Empathy

Empathy in patient care…”a cognitive attribute that involves an ability to understand the patient’s experiences, pain, suffering, and perspective combined with a capability to communicate this understanding and an intention to help.”

The Jefferson Scale of Empathy (JSE) was developed by researchers at the Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care at Sidney Kimmel Medical College to measure empathy in physicians and other health professionals (HP/Physician version), medical students (S-version), and  health professional students (HPStudent version).

The JSE has been translated into 49 languages. Click here to see the translations available. Please click here to see the worldwide interest in the JSE.

Web administration from our website is available for all versions of the JSE (HP, S and HPStudent).

Scannable forms may also be purchased from the Center. Forms include the scale, demographic and specialty information.

Scoring services insure data entry and scoring accuracy and provide uniformity of scoring procedures. See the order form for more information.

The Standard Report includes descriptive statistics (mean, standard deviation, range, mode and quartiles) for the group of respondents, an empathy score for each respondent, and an Excel spreadsheet of raw data.

Additional Statistical Analyses are available upon request for an additional fee. These include gender/specialty and other group comparisons by total JCP E scores, comparisons by custom coded groups, and pretest-posttest comparisons.