Empathy

Why You Should Always Strive to Improve Relationships With Your Patients

Why You Should Always Strive to Improve Relationships With Your Patients

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One physician reflects on the importance of strengthening the relationship between you and your patient, and why it matters.

Reflecting on the Fine Line Between Intimacy and Identification

Reflecting on the Fine Line Between Intimacy and Identification

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A physician reflects on the fine line between creating intimacy with your patient and shielding yourself from getting too close to each and every case.

The Advice You Give Your Patients May Be Just What They Need to Hear

The Advice You Give Your Patients May Be Just What They Need to Hear

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A primary care physician reflects on the advice he has provided patients over the years.

Path to Empathy As Vital As Being Empathetic

Path to Empathy As Vital As Being Empathetic

Different paths to perspective of another's experience are associated with varying effect on helpers' health during helping behavior.

Compassion and Chronic Pain

Compassion and Chronic Pain

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Compassion directed to self is gaining acceptance as a potential therapeutic modality to complement existing treatment options for chronic pain.

Empathy and Oxytocin Levels

Empathy and Oxytocin Levels

Oxytocin replacement therapy could improve the well-being of people with low levels of the hormone.

Patients with Medically Unexplained Pain More Often Socially Excluded

Patients with Medically Unexplained Pain More Often Socially Excluded

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Dr Buse said that in her practice, patients with chronic pain often report feeling isolated and misunderstood, and that others believe they are exaggerating their pain or somehow using it to their benefit.

Empathy, Exercise, Yoga and Chronic Pain

Empathy, Exercise, Yoga and Chronic Pain

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Dr Bushnell suggests practicing yoga, as long-term yogis have higher pain tolerance and increased gray matter—including in pain-modulating brain areas—compared with that of non-practitioners.

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