Medical residents from the Virginia Commonwealth University were given 6 hours of training in theater skills.  It was shown that their clinical empathy skills were significantly increased over prior skills and when compared to a control group.  Although a small scale pilot study, it did suggest that this may be an effective modality to improve doctor interactions with patients. 

J Gen Intern Med. 2007 August; 22(8): 1114–1118.
 


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