The report by McDaniel and colleagues1 about physician self-disclosure draws attention to when and how physicians disclose personal information. The authors deserve credit for examining countless dimensions of physicians' communication, including the use of “[c]odes encompass[ing] timing, antecedents, content, patient response, concordance of patient and physician content, and subsequent physician communication.”1(p1322) Despite this, their methodology raises a number of questions about the validity of their conclusions.
Alexander GC, Lantos J. The Nuances of Self-disclosure. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(2):242–243. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2007.44