- An important component of the relationship with my patients is my understanding of the emotional status of the patients and their families.
- I try to understand what is going on in my patients’ minds by paying attention to their nonverbal cues and body language.
- I believe that empathy is an important therapeutic factor in medical treatment.
- Empathy is a therapeutic skill without which my success as a physician would be limited.
- My understanding of my patients’ feelings gives them a sense of validation that is therapeutic in its own right.
- My patients feel better when I understand their feelings.
- I consider understanding my patients’ body language as important as verbal communication in physician-patient relationships.
- I try to imagine myself in my patients’ shoes when providing care to them.
- I have a good sense of humor‚ which I think contributes to a better clinical outcome.
- I try to think like my patients in order to render better care.
- Patients’ illnesses can be cured only by medical treatment; therefore‚ affectional ties to my patients cannot have a significant place in this endeavor. (R)
- Attentiveness to my patients’ personal experiences is irrelevant to treatment effectiveness. (R)
- I try not to pay attention to my patients’ emotions in interviewing and history taking. (R)
- I believe that emotion has no place in the treatment of medical illness. (R)
- I do not allow myself to be touched by intense emotional relationships among my patients and their family members. (R)
- My understanding of how my patients and their families feel is an irrelevant factor in medical treatment. (R)
- I do not enjoy reading nonmedical literature or experiencing the arts. (R)
- I consider asking patients about what is happening in their lives an unimportant factor in understanding their physical complaints. (R)
- It is difficult for me to view things from my patients’ perspectives. (R)
- Because people are different‚ it is almost impossible for me to see things from my patients’ perspectives. (R)
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