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December 6, 2010

Pediatric Interviewing: A Practical, Relationship-Based Approach

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BERGMANABRAHAMMDAuthor Affiliation:Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(12):1176. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.227

It sounds a lot like a throwback to “flower power,” but Bob Cicco's foreword to James Binder's Pediatric Interviewing, a claim that better patient-provider communication is a necessary element of health care reform, may be exactly the motivation needed to promote interest in an area of clinical skills that is so paradoxically highly valued and undertaught. In a world where everything is an interchangeable commodity and where most communication takes place within highly segmented social spheres, it is good to be reminded that universal health care is by definition something that grows from trusting relationships and a deep sense of commitment to others across all sorts of cultural, health status, and developmental divisions.