The relationship between practitioner and patient
forms the foundation of health care and is vitally important to
both parties. This relationship is the vehicle for exchanging information,
feelings, and concerns, a factor in the success of treatment, and
an essential component in the satisfaction of both patient and practitioner.
While some aspects of the changing health care system--such as an
emphasis on health promotion and attention to the outcomes of care--may
encourage and strengthen patient-clinician relationships, other
characteristics may threaten these relationships and clinicians'
ability to help students learn about them. Cost-containment efforts,
pressures for greater productivity, a managerial rather than professional
perspective on health care, and increased reliance on technology
all have the potential to inhibit the capacity of practitioners
to develop and demonstrate effective, caring relationships with
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- Articulate the importance of teaching students how
to develop effective relationships with patients in
- Identify strategies used to develop effective relationships
- Work with students to develop learning objectives
related to clinician-patient relationship building.
- Plan learning activities to develop clinician-patient
relationship building skills.