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The Sacred Act of Healing 

The Sacred Act of Healing
The Sacred Act of Healing

Molly Harrod

, Sanjay Saint

, and Robert W. Stock

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date: 20 April 2021

Attendings treated their patients with respect, empathy, and understanding. Even if their encounters were sometimes brief, attendings spent time getting to know their patients and building rapport. Developing these relationships helped the team plan for the patient’s care both within and outside the hospital. Attendings spent time explaining to patients, without the use of medical jargon, what they were thinking and how they were approaching the patient’s treatment. To the extent they could, they sat down or kneeled when speaking to patients. In order to stave off readmission, attendings not only focused their treatment on what brought the patient into the hospital in the first place, but they also looked for other potential issues that could be addressed while the patient was hospitalized.

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