Barry Egener, MD
To the Editors: In their recent article (1), Smith and Hoppe emphasize the patient-centered interview, yet their identification of a specific physician-centered approach is also important. They describe the latter primarily in terms of its datagathering function, but physicians are not always objective data gatherers. Just as patients have attitudes, beliefs, and emotions that influence information flow, so do physicians. Others have recently commented on the importance of physician attitudes (2) and personality (3) in patient care. It may be important for physicians to discuss these issues with patients or with colleagues; and, in some cases, the physician may need
Egener B. Patient-centered and Physician-centered Approaches to Interviewing. Ann Intern Med. ;116:266. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-3-266_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(3):266.
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