Items in AFP with MESH term: Physician-Patient Relations

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Spending Time with Patients in Labor - Curbside Consultation


Comforting a Grieving Parent - Curbside Consultation


Bridging the Physician-Counselor Divide - The Last Word


Communicating Bad News to Your Patients - Feature


A Home Visit - Close-ups


Medicare Annual Wellness Visits Made Easier - Feature


Why I Let My Patients See My Notes - Opinion


Interacting with Patients' Family Members During the Office Visit - Article

ABSTRACT: The physician-patient relationship is part of the patient’s larger social system and is influenced by the patient’s family. A patient’s family member can be a valuable source of health information and can collaborate in making an accurate diagnosis and planning a treatment strategy during the office visit. However, it is important for the physician to keep an appropriate balance when addressing concerns to maintain the alliance formed among physician, patient, and family member. The patient-centered medical home, a patient care concept that helps address this dynamic, often involves a robust partnership among the physician, the patient, and the patient’s family. During the office visit, this partnership may be influenced by the ethnicity, cultural values, beliefs about illness, and religion of the patient and his or her family. Physicians should recognize abnormal family dynamics during the office visit and attempt to stay neutral by avoiding triangulation. The only time neutrality should be disrupted is if the physician suspects abuse or neglect. It is important that the patient has time to communicate privately with the physician at some point during the visit.


Should I Be "Friends" with My Patients on Social Networking Web Sites? - Curbside Consultation


Ten Commandments for the Care of Terminally Ill Patients - Editorials


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