Doctor patient relationship: Influence of gender and role

*, Rathnakar UP and *, Anjali Ganesh and *, Unnikrishnan B and *, Srikanth D and *, Ganesh K and Shenoy, Ashok K and Kamath, Ashwin (2013) Doctor patient relationship: Influence of gender and role. International Journal of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 03 (12). pp. 31-36.

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Background of study: The doctor-patient relationship is one of the most unique and privileged relations. Intricately linked are several intervening factors such as gender, educational qualification as well as the status of the patients in the society that might influence the quality of doctor-patient relationship. Objectives: Since Indian society is predominantly male dominated, a study in the Indian context with respect to the influence of gender on the doctor patient relationship was carried out. Attempt was made to understand the disparity between the responses of doctors and patients on various aspects of doctor-patient relationship. Research Methodology: Patients attending the clinics in a tertiary care hospital were administered a Likert’s 5-point rated structured questionnaire to record their responses regarding various aspects of doctor-patient relationship. Also, a structured questionnaire was administered to 50 specialist doctors who treated the selected respondent patients from the same hospital. Results: Our study showed that physician gender could be a factor in forming a good doctor patient relationship as more female patients preferred consulting doctor of same gender relative to males. Although disagreed by the patients, doctors were more likely to mention that the patients do not adhere to one doctor. Doctors also opined that power and status influence does affect the doctor patient relationship. Conclusion: The patients who rest their trust in their doctors, with due diligence, create a win-win situation. Equally important is the holistic care and patient centered rather than disease centered approach to treatment by the doctors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Doctor, Patient, Gender, Relationship
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pharmacology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 11:32
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 11:32

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