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Etiquette-Based Medicine

Posted by medliorator on May 10, 2008

“Patients may care less about whether their doctors are reflective and empathic than whether they are respectful and attentive,” said Dr. Michael Kahn of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Some U.S. medical schools are trying to train would-be doctors to have more empathy with their patients, rather than never smiling, or staring at a computer screen.

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Kahn said the simplest way to do that may be to show good manners, such as asking permission before entering a patient’s room.

Patients prefer polite physicians, says U.S. report [Reuters]


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