The doctor patient relationship is the foundation for excellent medical care. At times, modern medicine’s focus on diagnosis and treatment can seem to diminish
the importance of the “connection” between the patient and the doctor. While focusing on fixing the patient, it is quite possible to not completely understand what the patient really needs.
The patient’s need for comfort, hope and understanding is not just an extra “nicety” that sometime happens in an patient’s encounter with their physician, but rather should be a core component of that care. Excellent medical care should embrace the best of the both worlds, accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment, as well as sophisticated communication that allows the patient’s needs to be heard.