Oxford Empathy Programme


Howick, J., Morley, J. & Floridi, L. An Empathy Imitation Game: Empathy Turing Test for Care- and Chat-bots. Minds & Machines (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11023-021-09555-w

Lyness E, Vennik JL, Bishop FL, Misurya P, Howick J, Smith KA, Ratnapalan M, Hughes S, Dambha-Miller H, Bostock J, Morrison L, Mallen CD, Yardley L, Leydon G, Little P, Everitt H. Exploring patient views of empathic optimistic communication for osteoarthritis in primary care: a qualitative interview study using vignettes. BJGP Open. 2021 Jun 30;5(3):BJGPO.2021.0014. doi: 10.3399/BJGPO.2021.0014. PMID: 33712500; PMCID: PMC8278506.

Howick J., Mittoo S., Abel L., Halpern J., Mercer S.W. (2020). A price tag on clinical empathy? Factors influencing its cost-effectiveness. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 113(10):389-393. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0141076820945272 

Smith KA, Vennik J, Morrison L, Hughes S, Steele M, Tiwari R, Bostock J, Howick J, Mallen C, Little P, Ratnapalan M, Lyness E, Misurya P, Leydon GM, Dambha-Miller H, Everitt HA and Bishop FL (2021) Harnessing Placebo Effects in Primary Care: Using the Person-Based Approach to Develop an Online Intervention to Enhance Practitioners' Communication of Clinical Empathy and Realistic Optimism During Consultations. Front. Pain Res. 2:721222. doi: 10.3389/fpain.2021.721222

Hardman, D.I. and Howick J. (2019) The friendly relationship between therapeutic empathy and person-centred care, European Journal for Person Centred Healthcare, 7(2), 351-357. http://www.ejpch.org/ejpch/article/view/1689

Howick J., Bizzari V, Dambha-Miller H (2018). Therapeutic empathy: what it is and what it isn’t. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 111(7) 233-236. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0141076818781403

Howick J., Moscrop A., Mebius A., Lewith G., Bishop F., Little P., Mistiaen P., Roberts N.W., Onakpoya I (2018). Effects of empathic and positive communication in healthcare consultations: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Royal Society of Medicine; 0(0) 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1177/0141076818769477

Howick J., Ulyte A., Steinkopf L., Meissner K. (2017). How empathic is your healthcare practitioner? A systematic review and meta-analysis of patient surveys. BMC Research Methodology 17(1): 136. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-017-0967-3

Howick J., Rees S., the Oxford Empathy Programme. Overthrowing barriers to empathy in healthcare: empathy in the age of the internet (2017). Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Published online. https://doi.org/10.1177/0141076817714443


Overall: Building a model of an ‘empathic healthcare organisation’ and evaluating/implementing it. If you are interested in this please contact jeremy.howick@philosophy.ox.ac.uk

Research: the health economics of empathy (does it save or cost money?) If you are interested in this please contact Jeremy.howick@philosophy.ox.ac.uk.

Teaching: deliver the empathy training course (if you are interested in this please contact Jeremy.howick@philosophy.ox.ac.uk).

Other: what is the role of technology in an empathic healthcare organization? If you are interested

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