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Submitted: 26 September 2013

Herdin Record #: R11-DMSF-09261301094851

Doctor-Patient Relationship: How Do Patients Perceive It?

Researchers

NameRole
1Sheila Marie  Quiachon-Hernandez Author

Publication Information

1.
Publication Type:
Journal
Publication Sub Type:
Announcements
Title:
Research Journal of the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc
Frequency:
Others
Publication Date:
2013
Volume:
2
Page(s):
21-27
Publisher:
Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc.

Abstract

The patient-doctor relationship is one of the most important aspects of health and illness as it can facilitate the implementation of a medical plan of curing, caring, and rehabilitation. Conducted in a local private hospital among patients admitted from June to July 2011, the study sought to describe the patients’ perception of doctor-patient relationship in terms of their definition and experiences. In particular, the interpersonal skills of the doctor were described with emphasis on certain aspects, such as the amount of contact, comprehensiveness, patient participation, trust, and intensity. Study participants were delimited to twelve purposively selected patients whose ages ranged from 18 to 70. Results obtained from a guided interview tool revealed that the majority of the patients perceived the relationship as a responsibility of the doctor and was influenced not only by the time the doctor would spend in the patient’s room, but also in terms of comprehensiveness conveyed through good communication skills. Implications on the need of medical education curriculum to be supplemented with training in other fields were discussed. The findings emphasize the importance of inculcating of reflective thought and critical analysis for a more holistic medical education.


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