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Duodecim. 2013;129(6):651-5.

[From doctor-patient relationship to a collaborative one].

[Article in Finnish]

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Helsingin yliopisto, CRADLE, Käyttäytymistieteiden laitos, PL 9, 00014, HY.


In the historical development, the relationship between the patient and the doctor has gradually become increasingly objectified. Since then, a patient-centered or holistic way of thinking has become a normative model, towards which attempts have been made to change the patient-doctor relationship. The patient-doctor relationship must, however, be widened to a new type of relationship that links several doctors treating the same patient into collaboration and requires a new kind of working culture. We refer to this new concept as negotiated knotworking. Negotiation aims at an adequate, not complete mutual understanding.

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