The doctor-patient relationship: Headed for impasse or improvement?

P. S. Jensen

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Deterioration in doctor-patient rapport may be due to increased consumerism, a rise in medical technology, and a societal trend towards deprofessionalization. Increased emphasis on doctor-patient rapport during medical training, closer supervision of student-patient interactions by physicians trained in the biopsychosocial approach, continuing medical education courses to update the practitioner's interpersonal skills, and a change in medical school admission policies are recommended. Increased consumer involvement in individual doctor-patient relationships and in the health care structure may result in greater patient satisfaction and improved health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)769-771
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

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