Transacting with Physicians

Fact and Fiction
  • Dennis Drotar


Pediatric psychologists share the fact they transact with physicians in a variety of settings and endeavors including clinical services, consultation, and research. The importance of our interprofessional collaboration with physicians in medical settings centers around shared patient populations, financial resources, and administrative arrangements. Moreover, given the dominant administrative structures in medical schools and hospitals (Nathan, Lubin, Matarrazo, & Persely, 1979), physicians have a significant impact on the professional deployment and career development of psychologists. For this reason, psychologists’ ability to maintain professional resources and integrity in medical settings in an era of expanding technology and accountability may very well depend upon the efficacy of strategies that are developed to guide professional interactions with physicians. Unfortunately, psychologists in medical settings have not clearly formulated the premises on which their transactions with physicians are based, recognized the difficult realities of such interprofessional exchange, nor developed programmatic strategies to anticipate and/or remedy problematic collaboration.


Psychosocial Problem Medical Setting Pediatric Setting Professional Psychology Interprofessional Collaboration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Drotar
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  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, School of MedicineCase Western Reserve UniversityUSA

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