Physician-Patient Relationship

Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients Prefer Doctors Who Engage in Face-to-Face Visits

Patients prefer physicians who engage in face-to-face clinic visits, rather than those using an examination room computer.

What Patients Want

What Patients Want

Most patients want greater connectivity, online tools and text messaging, as well as more time with their physicians.

Addressing Substance Abuse, Sexual Activity With Patients: Expert Insight

Addressing Substance Abuse, Sexual Activity With Patients: Expert Insight

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One physician shares his experience in having sensitive conversations with his patients and how to best approach your patients about subjects like substance use.

Four Major Concerns Patients Have About Their Physicians

Four Major Concerns Patients Have About Their Physicians

The Physicians Foundation commissioned a survey of health care consumers to examine attitudes on the physician-patient relationship, the cost of health care, social determinants, and lifestyle issues.

Email Communication With Patients Increases Physician, not Patient Satisfaction

Email Communication With Patients Increases Physician, not Patient Satisfaction

Providers who give patients their email addresses have higher satisfaction, but this does not appear to impact patient satisfaction.

Best Practices for Discussing Opioid Tapering With Your Patients

Best Practices for Discussing Opioid Tapering With Your Patients

Helping patients understand individualized reasons for opioid tapering and encouraging them to provide input into the process are key for patient-provider communications.

Denial of Patient's Test Requests Affects Patient Satisfaction

Denial of Patient's Test Requests Affects Patient Satisfaction

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Patient satisfaction was reportedly worse with clinicians denying certain requests, including laboratory test, referrals, pain medications, and other tests.

Patients Prefer Face-to-Face Communication Without Computer Distraction

Patients Prefer Face-to-Face Communication Without Computer Distraction

Patients believe that physicians who communicate face-to-face without a computer have better compassion, communication skills, and professionalism.

Are Physicians Providing Full Disclosure of Pre-Referral Errors?

Are Physicians Providing Full Disclosure of Pre-Referral Errors?

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Disclosing errors to patients can be difficult for clinicians due to fears of litigation and professional embarrassment, but disclosing the medical errors in diagnosis committed by a referring physicians adds another layer of complexity.

Can Embracing Our Natural Curiosity Improve Patient Care?

Can Embracing Our Natural Curiosity Improve Patient Care?

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The natural curiosity provoked by looking at research and clinical care with a sense of wonder may help us find new ways to deal with old problems and, in turn, improve care for our patients.

Female Physicians Receive Higher Empathy Scores

Female Physicians Receive Higher Empathy Scores

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Female healthcare practitioners express greater empathy than male practitioners, particularly if consultations last longer than 10 minutes.

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.

Patients Often Record Doctor's Visits to Share Information With Caregivers

Patients Often Record Doctor's Visits to Share Information With Caregivers

Many patients record office visits, often listening back to the tapes themselves or sharing with their caregiver.

Curbside Consulting in Medicine: Legal Boundaries

Curbside Consulting in Medicine: Legal Boundaries

Some courts have ruled that if no medical decision or treatment decision is offered, a physician-patient relationship is not created, and no responsibility for the physician's fate is transferred.

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