2. Physician–Patient Relationship
Published Online: 20 MAY 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis
How to Cite
Tasman, A., Kay, J. and Ursano, R. J. (2013) Physician–Patient Relationship, in The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118341001.ch2
- Published Online: 20 MAY 2013
- Published Print: 22 JUL 2013
Print ISBN: 9781119976233
Online ISBN: 9781118341001
- psychiatric patients
The physician–patient relationship includes specific roles and motivations. The relationship between the physician and the patient is essential to the healing of many patients, perhaps particularly so for many psychiatric patients. The development of the physician–patient relationship depends on skilled assessment, the development of rapport through empathy, a strong therapeutic alliance, and the effective understanding of transference, countertransference, and defense mechanisms. The development of the physician–patient relationship is influenced by numerous factors, including the phase of treatment, the treatment setting, transitions between inpatient and outpatient care, managed care, and changes in the physician's health.