Letting Compassion Open the Door: Battered Women's Disclosure to Medical Providers
Bauer, Heidi M.
Rodriguez, Michael A.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1995 Fall; 4(4): 459-465.
...The research reported here was undertaken to identify barriers to help seeking faced by battered women in their interactions with the medical system. We interviewed battered women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds about their experiences and perspectives regarding medical care. Although the overall findings were broad in scope, this report focuses on elements of the patient-provider relationship that facilitate or impede disclosure. In particular, the women expressed a strong desire for compassion, trust, and understanding. These elements were essential in establishing rapport, "opening the door" to disclosure, and facilitating the process of healing....
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