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Repairing “Difficult” Patient-Clinician Relationships

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Repairing “Difficult” Patient-Clinician Relationships
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The AMA Journal of Ethic, April 2017
DOI 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.4.medu3-1704
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Denise M Dudzinski, Carrol Alvarez


Using a case example, we offer guidance for improving "difficult" clinician-patient relationships. These relationships may be repaired by acknowledging a clinician's part in conflict, empathizing with patients, identifying a patient's skill deficits, and employing communication and engagement techniques used by mental health professionals. Clinicians will inevitably take on more of the work of repairing damaged relationships, but doing so improves the odds of these patients receiving the help they need.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 30 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 33%
Other 4 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 10%
Student > Master 3 10%
Researcher 2 7%
Other 3 10%
Unknown 5 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 9 30%
Psychology 6 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 7%
Sports and Recreations 1 3%
Other 1 3%
Unknown 9 30%