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Editor's Correspondence
January 28, 2008

The Nuances of Self-disclosure—Reply

Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(2):243-244. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2007.86

In reply

We thank Auster for sharing his experience of medical students relying too much on self-disclosure early in learning interviewing skills. Regarding his belief that physician self-disclosure (MD-SD) can be useful to the patient when the physician and patient share military experience, ours was a study of adult patients in a primary care community setting. We cannot say whether MD-SD can be helpful in other contexts, such as the military, pregnancy, or parenting, to mention other examples. These situations remain to be studied.