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The Doctor–Patient Relationship 

The Doctor–Patient Relationship
Chapter:
The Doctor–Patient Relationship
Author(s):

David H. Rosen

and Uyen B. Hoang

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190628871.003.0004
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date: 18 November 2019

This chapter examines the doctor–patient relationship. It underscores the key nature of the human bond between the healthcare worker and the patient as a partnership, which is essential to the healing process. The doctor–patient relationship is anchored by the language of medicine to facilitate effective communication skills and to support ongoing cooperation. Because young doctors are socialized into a frequently dehumanized system, which can erode compassion and empathy, they are not helped to cope with the emotional impact of their work. The education of these future physicians must include helping the student to understand the language of medicine and to recognize the biopsychosocial forces experienced so intensely as half of the dyad of the doctor–patient relationship.

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