Elements that Establish a Healthy Doctor Patient Relationship

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DOI: 10.21522./TIJBMS.2016.04.01.Art002

Authors : Kim Near, Niharika Anand, Sayanth Raj


Background: The doctor patient relationship is the keystone of our health care system. But in modern medicine, there is very little credit given to this relationship. The degradation of the doctor patient relationship has led to unsatisfied patients, frustrated doctors and overall diminution in the quality of health care.

Objective: The aim of this study is to emphasize the importance of a good doctor patient relationship.

Method: The present study, upon review of several articles, discusses the components of a good doctor patient relationship, and summarizes it into five major categories. From the articles researched, below are a comprehension of the collective information gathered and presented in a redefined, organised manner.

Conclusions: The five main categories discussed include: First impressions, mannerisms, communication skills, professionalism qualities, and collaborative decision making. The study also talks about how these five components are integrated, and how it effects the doctor patient relationship, leading to better therapeutic outcomes in patients and long-term job satisfaction in doctors.

Keywords: doctor patient relationship, first impressions, mannerisms, communication skills, professionalism qualities, collaborative decision.


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