The pediatric surgeon-patient relationship

Sandra Rackley, J. Michael Bostwick

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Abstract

Though technical aspects of surgical practice are commonly emphasized, communication is the most frequent "procedure" employed by surgeons. A good patient-physician relationship enhances the quality of surgical care by improving outcomes and patient and family satisfaction. There are general principles that can enhance communication with all children and families. Employing a developmentally sensitive approach that adjusts communication style based on a child's cognitive abilities and emotional concerns can further enhance the relationship with children of different ages. These communication skills can be learned and are improved by practice and self-reflection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Surgery
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

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Communication
Pediatrics
Physician-Patient Relations
Aptitude
Quality of Health Care
Patient Satisfaction
Surgeons

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Developmental stages
  • Doctor-patient relationship
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery

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The pediatric surgeon-patient relationship. / Rackley, Sandra; Bostwick, J. Michael.

In: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery, Vol. 22, No. 3, 01.08.2013, p. 124-128.

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