Bridging the Gap Between Doctor and Patient: The Role of the Patient Advocate

Mendelsohn, Janis; Berkelhamer, Jay E.
December 1974
Clinical Pediatrics;Dec1974, Vol. 13 Issue 12, p1017
Academic Journal
The article informs that the breakdown of a positive doctor-patient relationship can be very acute in the setting of an emergency room. In these stressful situations, the personal aspects of medical care should be of utmost importance, yet the doctor-patient relationship suffers when there is a lack of warmth and friendliness on the part of the doctor, and when explanations concerning diagnosis and treatment are not well understood. In seeking to close this gap, some medical centers have created a new position, that of a Patient Advocate who serves as a liaison between doctor and patient.


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