There are three types of doctor–patient relationships: the paternalistic model, the service or consumer model, and the partnership model. Depending on the patient, the situation, and the personality of the physician, the right model should be chosen. There are advantages and disadvantages of each model. The humanistic psychotherapy founded by Carl R. Rogers describes three basic attitudes that promote successful relationship formation: empathy, congruence (authenticity), and unconditional appreciation.
KeywordsThe physician as a drug Empathy Congruence Unconditional positive regard Partnership model Shared decision-making
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