Research Proposal

My topic will be related to the empathy in the relationship between doctors and patient. People, especially people in the medical field, have spent years discussing whether doctors ought to be empathetic with patients and if they should, to what extent they should show their empathy to patients so that empathy will make the therapeutic process more successful? In my passage, I would like to discuss these questions: Do doctors need to show empathetic to their patients? Do doctor nowadays lack of this kind of empathy? How does empathy help doctors and patients in the therapeutic process? I will do some researches on these questions and make my answers in the paper.

Work Cited

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