Patients of empathetic GPs have better outcomes. Practitioner 2013; 257 (1761):5

Patients of empathetic GPs have better outcomes

23 May 2013Pais-up subscribers

Patients of empathetic doctors are more satisfied, less anxious, better able to understand and cope with their illness, and more likely to have good outcomes, a systematic review of primary care studies has found. Empathy may improve outcomes in several ways: there may be a direct therapeutic benefit from feeling understood and valued; patients may be more likely to adhere to their treatment and attend follow-up appointments; or the placebo effect of the treatment may be enhanced.

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