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Int J STD AIDS. 2008 Feb;19(2):73-6. doi: 10.1258/ijsa.2007.007223.

Empathy: improving the quality of the genitourinary medicine consultation.

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Department of GU Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK. christopher.sonnex@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Abstract

The interaction between patient and practitioner remains core to the provision of medical care. Physicians who display a warm, friendly and reassuring manner during their consultations are reported to be more effective in their delivery of care, with empathy, in particular, emerging as a key factor. This paper examines the concept of empathy and discusses how this may be achieved, with particular emphasis on the genitourinary medicine consultation.

PMID:
18334055
DOI:
10.1258/ijsa.2007.007223
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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