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Empathy and COVID-19: Study in Professionals and Students of the Social Health Field in Ecuador

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Philosophy and Social Work Department, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Crta. Valldemossa Km 7.5., 07122 Palma, Spain
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School of Psychology, Universidad de Las Américas, Av. de los Granados E-12-41 y Colimes esq., Quito EC170125, Ecuador
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(1), 338; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010338
Received: 9 December 2020 / Revised: 1 January 2021 / Accepted: 2 January 2021 / Published: 5 January 2021
Empathy plays a fundamental role in health related occupations. In this study, we analysed empathy levels in professionals (117) and students (170) from various healthcare fields in Ecuador during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Interpersonal Reactivity Index was used in an online survey. The results show high levels of empathy in both groups, influenced by age and gender. The students presented higher levels of personal distress, and their age was negatively correlated to empathy. Additionally, professionals working in physical health scored higher levels of personal distress compared to those in the field of emotional health. COVID-19 has placed social health systems in great stress. Despite this, the personal capacities for empathy of both students and health professionals have not been diminished. View Full-Text
Keywords: empathy; COVID-19; health personnel; university students; Ecuador empathy; COVID-19; health personnel; university students; Ecuador
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Cañas-Lerma, A.J.; Cuartero-Castañer, M.E.; Mascialino, G.; Hidalgo-Andrade, P. Empathy and COVID-19: Study in Professionals and Students of the Social Health Field in Ecuador. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 338. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010338

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Cañas-Lerma AJ, Cuartero-Castañer ME, Mascialino G, Hidalgo-Andrade P. Empathy and COVID-19: Study in Professionals and Students of the Social Health Field in Ecuador. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(1):338. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010338

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Cañas-Lerma, Ana J.; Cuartero-Castañer, M. E.; Mascialino, Guido; Hidalgo-Andrade, Paula. 2021. "Empathy and COVID-19: Study in Professionals and Students of the Social Health Field in Ecuador" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 1: 338. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010338

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