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Do Physicians Have an Ethical Duty to Repair Relationships with So-Called “Difficult” Patients?

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Title
Do Physicians Have an Ethical Duty to Repair Relationships with So-Called “Difficult” Patients?
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The AMA Journal of Ethic, April 2017
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.4.ecas1-1704
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Abstract

This essay argues that physicians hold primary ethical responsibility for repairing damaged patient-physician relationships. The first section establishes that the patient-physician relationship has an important influence on patient health and argues that physicians' duty to treat should be understood as including a responsibility to repair broken relationships, regardless of which party was "responsible" for the initial tension. The second section argues that the person with more power to repair the relationship also has more responsibility to do so and considers the moral psychology of pain as foundational to conceiving the patient in this case as especially vulnerable and disempowered. The essay concludes with suggestions for clinicians to act on the idea that a healthy patient-physician relationship ought to lie at the center of medicine's moral mission.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 9 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 2 22%
Student > Bachelor 2 22%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 22%
Lecturer 1 11%
Student > Master 1 11%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 1 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 4 44%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 33%
Psychology 1 11%
Unknown 1 11%