How Important Is the Patient-Doctor Relationship?

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I think most of us who go into medicine whether it's physicians or beyond, we have in general, a desire to want to help people and often like combine that with science and and medicine could be an amazing career and which jazzes a lot of people including myself, it's those times you really touch someone's life and get a chance to really make a difference, and have those relationships sometimes, peculiar, sometimes over a long period of time like an oncology.

So the relationship I think is really critical and there's even several studies to show just that patient-doctor relationship, many patients do things for their doctor and to the old Marcus Welby days, that relationship can be quite therapeutic just like the placebo effect in some cases can be. So I don't think we should underestimate the power of that relationship in instigating change and optimisim in the face of disease. So I think the patient-doctor relationship is critical, I think it is being squished by some of the demands on certain fields and in some cases, the technology gets in the way, or turn medical records, and other elements that keep the physician buried in their chart, and not necessarily interacting. You can also go on the other direction with smart design, may be even using Google Glass. You'll have better ways to interact and be having face time in a sense, real face time, and then tele-medicine which is another element that is evolving very quickly, that I think enable certain touch points, I mean, once you have that relationship and Dr.

Craig touches in with you once or twice a week even if it's a text or a quick sort of private Skype-type session, I think it can again play an important role particularly for ongoing diseases which need sort of intermittent management.