2. Physician–Patient Relationship

  1. Allan Tasman Professor and Chair1,
  2. Jerald Kay Professor and Chair2 and
  3. Robert J. Ursano Professor and Chair3

Published Online: 20 MAY 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118341001.ch2

The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KN, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 MAY 2013
  2. Published Print: 22 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119976233

Online ISBN: 9781118341001

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Keywords:

  • countertransference;
  • physician;
  • psychiatric patients

Summary

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.