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02-5631-20045: Empathy, Prayer, and Patient Care

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits (2 CEs).
Cost: $30.00
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Published: September 2017
Updated: November 2020
Expires:December 2023
Format: Video Lecture - 64 minutes, 14 page handout.
Course Instructor: David L. Carsten, DDS, MAGD, FADI, FACD, Dentist Anesthesiologist
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:
  • Explain the types of prayer, how the brain responds to prayer, and how prayer is studied in a scientific setting.
  • Discuss how mindfulness is essential and empathy and sympathy are not the same but are both important for good outcomes in a dental healthcare relationship.
  • Understand how the medical community has changed their training approach in response to very clear research that has demonstrated that mindfulness and empathy result in better outcomes for dental healthcare providers and their patients.
  • State how empathy can be objectively studied, is inherent in almost all people, and can be extinguished in dental healthcare training.
  • Demonstrate how prayer can be used in dental healthcare settings in ways that result in improved outcomes.

    Course Description

    An entertaining description of the science behind empathy, compassion, relationships, healthcare outcomes, and prayer. Mindfulness, empathy, sympathy, and compassion are defined and explained as a process in the brain. Each element is critical to relationships and healthcare outcomes. The connection to the scientific study of prayer is revealed in a review of current research.

    The video is 64 minutes long; it can be replayed or reviewed as necessary. The video is accompanied by a 14 page handout. We encourage you to print the handout and take notes. This video course is suitable for all members of the dental team. This purchase includes unlimited access to the online video and the online CE exam.

    How to Take This Course

    Click on the logo below to open the course video and study materials. Study the course then return to this page and click to Take the Exam. Upon successful completion of the exam you will be asked to register and pay over a secure connection. Your exam will grade automatically and your certificate will display for you to save and/or print for your records.

Contact Hours: 2.00
Price: $30.00

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