PETER S. JENSEN, M.D.
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.
JENSEN PS. The Doctor-Patient Relationship: Headed for Impasse or Improvement?. Ann Intern Med. ;95:769–771. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-6-769
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(6):769-771.
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