Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ASNH)(ISSN: 2582-1423)

Research Article Volume 8 Issue 5

The Effect of Creative Drama Training on Empathy Levels of Dietitians: A Pilot Study

Aydan Ercan1*, Mehtap Akçil Ok2, Selen Müftüoğlu3 and Dilek Memişoğlu4

1Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Trakya University, Türkiye
2Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health, Baskent University, Türkiye
3Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sciences Ankara Medipol University, Türkiye
4Private Drama Leader, Türkiye

*Corresponding Author: Aydan Ercan, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Trakya University, Türkiye.

Received: April 18, 2024; Published: April 25, 2024


Objective: To examine the effect of creative drama training on empathy levels of dietitians.

Design: Quasi-experimental

Setting: Baskent University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Turkey

Participants:16 female subjects who worked as dietitians and were doing graduate studies in Nutrition and Dietetics program.

Interventions: The study was carried out in a single group with three applications including before, after, and 4 months after a drama training intervention.

Analysis: The variance test, the general linear model (Pillai’s Trace Multivariate F Test) and Pearson's Correlation Analysis was employed.

Results: The empathic skill and empathic tendency scale scores of the dietitians obtained at the end of the creative drama training (9th week) and 4 months after the training were determined to increase compared to the scores obtained at the outset (p <0.05). The highest mean score was observed at the end of the drama training, which was found to create the difference (9th week). The negative relationship between the empathy scores obtained before the drama training and the working years and age of the dietitians were found to be positive 4 months after the training.

Conclusions and Implications: The creative drama method is lead to positive changes in the empathic behaviors of the dietitians and it will provide considerable benefits in terms of patient-dietitian communication.

Keywords: Creative Drama; Empathic Skill; Empathic Tendency; Dietitian; Healthcare Professionals


  1. Innamorati M., et al. “A bidimensional measure of empathy: Empathic Experience Scale. Plos One 4 (2019).
  2. Bas-Sarmiento P., et al. “Empathy training in health sciences: A systematic review”. Nurse Education in Practice 44 (2020): 102739.
  3. Ergün S., et al. “Empathic tendencies and empathic skill levels of nursing students: a descriptive and cross-sectional study”. Journal of Health Sciences of Kocaeli University3 (2019): 150-155.
  4. Abramson L., et al. “The genetic and environmental origins of emotional and cognitive empathy: Review and meta-analyses of twin studies”. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews1 (2020): 113-133.
  5. Everson N., et al. “The impact of educational interventions on the empathic concern of health professional students: A literature review”. Nurse Education in Practice 1 (2018): 104-111.
  6. Krystallidou D., et al. “The professional interpreter’s effect on empathic communication in medical consultations: A qualitative analysis of interaction”. Patient Education and Counseling 1 (2020): 521-529.
  7. Pohontsch, et al. “Influences on students’ empathy in medical education: an exploratory interview study with medical students in their third and last year”. BMC Medical Education 18.1 (2018): 231.
  8. Baessler F., et al. “Are we preparing future doctors to deal with emotionally challenging situations? Analysis of a medical curriculum. Patient Education and Counseling 102 (2019): 1304-1312.
  9. Lambert K., et al. “Does a renal diet question prompt sheet increase the patient centeredness of renal dietitian outpatient consultations?” Patient Education and Counseling (2019).
  10. Aparicio, et al. “Levels of empathy, empathy decline and differences between genders in medical students of Cartagena (Colombia)”. Education in Medicine 20.2 (2019): 136-143.
  11. Lunden M., et al. “Professional development for radiographers and post graduate nurses in radiological interventions: Building teamwork and collaboration through drama”. Radiography 23 (2017): 330-336.
  12. Chatterjee A., et al. “Clinical empathy in medical students in India measured using the Jefferson Scale of Empathy-Student Version”. Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions 14 (2017): 33.
  13. Yang C., et al. “The effect of structured empathy education on empathy competency of undergraduate nursing interns: A quasi-experimental study”. Nurse Education Today 1 (2020): 104296.
  14. Yildiz A., et al. “An evaluation of empathic tendencies of dietitians working in Ankara”. Nutrition and Dietetics 4 (2016): 438-443.
  15. Scroggs, et al. “The impact of participation in creative drama on empathy levels in emerging adulthood: A pilot study”. Drama Therapy Review 2.2 (2016): 211-221.
  16. Costa N., et al. “Drama experience in educational interventions”. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences 116 (2014): 4977-4982.
  17. Arveklev SH., et al. “Nursing students experiences of learning about nursing through drama”. Nurse Education in Practice 28 (2018): 60-65.
  18. Arveklev, et al. “The use and application of drama in nursing education-An integrative review of the literature”. Nurse Education Today 35 (2015): 12-17.
  19. Akyol A and HamamcıZ. “The Effect of Drama Education on the level of empathic skills of university students”. Bulgarian Journal of Education Policy (BJSEP) 1 (2017): 205-215.
  20. Dokmen U. “Measuring empathy based on a model and developing it through psychodrama”. Ankara University Faculty of Educational Sciences 1 (1988): 155-190.
  21. Lorié Á., et al. “Culture and nonverbal expressions of empathy in clinical settings: A systematic review”. Patient Education and Counseling1 (2017):411-424.
  22. Vuurberg G., et al. “The effectiveness of interprofessional classroom-based education in medical curricula: A systematic review”. Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice1 (2019): 157-167.
  23. Vinson AH and Underman K. “Clinical empathy as emotional labor in medical work”. Social Science and Medicine 1 (2020): 112904.
  24. Stavropoulou, et al. “Greek nurses’ perceptions on empathy and empathic care in the Intensive Care Unit”. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing 58.1 (2020): 102814.
  25. Buffel du Vaure C., et al. “Promoting empathy among medical students: A two-site randomized controlled study”. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 1 (2017):102-107.
  26. Matharu KS., et al. “Drama and Empathy in Medical Education”. Literature Compass 7 (2011): 443-454.
  27. Gormley GJ and Murphy P. “Teaching clinical skills in the theatre of medicine”. Perspectives on Medical Education 1 (2018): 226-227.
  28. Díez-Go˜ni N and Rodríguez-Díez M. “Why teaching empathy is important for the medical degree?” RevistaClínica Española 6 (2012): 332-335.
  29. Arveklev SH., et al. “Specialist nursing students’ experiences of learning through drama in paediatric care”. Nurse Education in Practice1 (2020): 102737.
  30. Dart J., et al. “Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 6 (2019): 957-971.
  31. Kohn M. “Performing medicine: the role of theatre in medical education”. The Journal of Medical Ethics and Medical Humanities 1 (2011): 3-4.


Citation: Aydan Ercan., et al. “The Effect of Creative Drama Training on Empathy Levels of Dietitians: A Pilot Study".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 8.5 (2024): 47-53.


Copyright: © 2024 Aydan Ercan., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Acceptance rate30%
Acceptance to publication20-30 days
Impact Factor1.316

Indexed In

News and Events

  • Certification for Review
    Acta Scientific certifies the Editors/reviewers for their review done towards the assigned articles of the respective journals.
  • Submission Timeline for Upcoming Issue
    The last date for submission of articles for regular Issues is July 30, 2024.
  • Publication Certificate
    Authors will be issued a "Publication Certificate" as a mark of appreciation for publishing their work.
  • Best Article of the Issue
    The Editors will elect one Best Article after each issue release. The authors of this article will be provided with a certificate of "Best Article of the Issue"
  • Welcoming Article Submission
    Acta Scientific delightfully welcomes active researchers for submission of articles towards the upcoming issue of respective journals.

Contact US