Physician empathy associated with lower rates of diabetes complications

 

I’ll admit that I’ve not yet read this journal article to form my own conclusions, but I found the headline interesting nonetheless.  Here is a link to the NY Times article and a link to the original journal article in the Journal of Academic Medicine.  It makes intuitive sense… if your physician has a higher level of empathy, you are more likely to form a positive treatment relationship, and the patient is thus more likely to find meaningful and useful treatment recommendations from that relationship, and will end up with fewer acute metabolic complications.  Definitely adding this paper to my journal article reading list.

 

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About Aaron Neinstein, MD
I'm an Assistant Professor in Endocrinology and Director of Clinical Informatics at the University of California, San Francisco.

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