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Dr. Mark Pearson, Mathematics & Statistics; Dr. Aaron Franzen, Sociology & Social Work; Dr. Paul Pearson, Mathematics & Statistics

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Pre-health students endure rigorous education to prepare for treating patients, but potentially not for every aspect of patient care. Beyond medical knowledge, successful patient interactions often include moral decision making and the possession of traits such as empathy. There is little research on early physician and nurse development, with a substantial gap at the undergraduate level. This is significant as the trend toward a decrease in empathy could begin sooner. We explore this using latent class analysis to categorize participants based upon survey response patterns regarding numerous indicators, the most dominant class indicators being religion and political views.


This research was supported by Tanis Mathematics Research Fund.

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