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‘Do-it-yourself' health : empathy as medication and a course of emotional learning Howick, Jeremy; Oberle, Eva; Steel, Daniel


How can a dose of empathy help many patients as much as a pill? At this School of Population and Public Health Grand Rounds, Oxford University Primary Care’s Dr. Jeremy Howick discussed the randomized trial evidence behind how empathic and positive messaging can benefit patients as much as drugs for most mild pain, depression, and anxiety, as presented in his new book Doctor You. Then, SPPH Assistant Professor Dr. Eva Oberle discussed her research into how social and emotional learning contributes to happy, healthy kids. This event featured guest MC W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics Associate Professor Dr. Daniel Steel.

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