Professionals’ Characteristics and Health Behavior

  • Zeev Ben-Sira


This chapter addresses the trends in interprofessional relations among three health professions—medicine (with the focus on primary care), nursing, and social work—and their effect on health behavior in relation to the role of stress in the onset, severity, and outcome of disease. It begins with a brief review of approaches to the stress-health relationship, underscoring the importance to the treatment process of coping with patients’ emotional problems. The trends toward medical specialization and the dehumanizing potential of such specialization are then reviewed with a specific focus on the reluctance of general practitioners to demonstrate affective behavior. Affective behavior refers to acts aimed at establishing a physician-patient relationship such that the physician accepts the patient as a human being who may have anxiety-arousing problems frequently over and above the identifiable somatic disturbance—problems that can hardly be alleviated by mere technical-medical procedures.


Social Work Patient Participation Collaborative Practice Affective Behavior Primary Medical Care 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zeev Ben-Sira
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  1. 1.Late of School of Social WorkHebrew University of Jerusalem, and Louis Gutmann Israel Institute of Applied Social ResearchJerusalemIsrael

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