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Archived Comments for: A systematic review of tests of empathy in medicine

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  1. Reliability of the CARE Measure

    Stewart Mercer, University of Glasgow

    3 September 2007

    The authors state in this paper that the Consultation and Relational Empathy(CARE) Measure has a test-retest correlation at 3 months of 0.572. In fact the study they quote did not examine test-retest, it examined the correlation between CARE score at initial consultation and patients perceptions of therapist empathy at the end of the 3 month period. In unpublished work on test-retest reliability of the CARE Measure at patient level in the primary care setting I have found a correlation of 0.7 at 1 month follow-up.

    Stewart Mercer

    Competing interests

    I developed and validated the CARE Measure