Restoring Trust Between Patient and Doctor
Johnson, G. Timothy
New England Journal of Medicine. 1990 Jan 18; 322(3): 195-197.
A physician who left medicine to work full-time in television addresses what he sees as the worsening relationship between doctors and patients in the United States. In open letters to medical consumers and to doctors, Johnson identifies the issues of trust and payment of doctors as the sources of the problem. His letter to medical consumers describes the stressful conditions under which physicians practice today that are discouraging qualified people from entering medicine, and are encouraging experienced physicians to leave the field. Johnson's letter to doctors discusses the sources of public anger toward their profession and he urges his colleagues to avoid all financial conflicts of interest and to encourage practice arrangements based on salaries rather than on fees. (KIE abstract)
Altruism; Attitudes; Conflict of Interest; Doctors; Economics; Education; Health; Health Care; Malpractice; Medical Education; Medical Fees; Medicine; Misconduct; Motivation; Patient Care; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Professional Patient Relationship; Regulation; Remuneration; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Trust;
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