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Health Psychol. 1993 Mar;12(2):140-6.

Physicians' liking for their patients: more evidence for the role of affect in medical care.

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Department of Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115.


Correlates of physicians' liking for their patients were examined among 17 internists at a health maintenance organization and 530 of their patients 70 years of age and older. Analyses were conducted for the entire sample as well as for individual physicians, whose results were combined by meta-analysis. Both kinds of analysis showed that patients were more liked when they were in better health (based on psychometric measures of social, emotional, functional, and overall self-rated health) and when they were more satisfied with their care. In addition, male patients were liked more than female patients, and physicians who were female and less experienced liked their patients more.

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