Doctor-patient relationship second only to family
- By: Andrew Iles
Patients believe only family relationships are more important than the doctor-patient relationship, says new international research.
The study, which was presented at the World Medical Association (WMA) conference, was based on 3707 interviews with general practitioners and patients in six countries--United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, South Africa, and Japan--and also found that patients trust doctors even more than they trust the clergy.
Patients also think that today's doctors are less authoritarian and more likely to work in partnership with them than before rating issues such as compassion, trust, understanding, patience, and listening higher than access to doctors.
Compared with 10 years ago, most patients in all countries believe that they ask more questions, make more choices, actively evaluate benefit and risk, and take better care of their own health. And despite doctors being seen as the leading source of information, patients are confident in managing their own health in