2017 Volume 48 Issue 5 Pages 311-314
The importance of humanity education including "empathy" in medical education is increasing. Considering this, the Committee on Professionalism and Behavioral Sciences of the Japan Society for Medical Education organized a workshop titled, "Empathy and ‘Patients' Perspectives' ―Suggestion for Medical Education" . On the basis of findings from several medical fields, including medical informatics, medical anthropology, and medical sociology, we discussed the issue of uncertainty in patients and healthcare professionals' perspectives. We concluded that healthcare professionals should not empathize with patients as a strategy for persuasion but as a way to seek a mutual and flexible decision-making model that considers the uncertainty of patient perspectives.