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Invited Commentary
October 9, 2017

The Unrecognized Challenges of the Patient-Physician Relationship

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
JAMA Intern Med. Published online October 9, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.5132

In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, DeFilippis1 describes how her relationship with her hospitalized patients doesn’t end after her service rotation. She recounts virtually following her patients after she transfers care, making social calls to check up, and remaining connected, possibly unbeknownst to the patient. The patient may do the same: finding his or her mind wandering to the physician who cared for them, asking the nurses how the physician is doing, and wondering if the physician will return for a check-in or progress update. It would seem that the impact of the patient-physician relationship is often unrecognized by both parties.

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