Doctor—Patient Relationship in Pediatrics
A white paper by Richard P. Usatine, MD, et al.
Patient satisfaction in pediatrics is unique because clinicians interact with two very important constituencies: children and their parents/guardians. Communicating with patients and families is essential for quality care. Yet, traditionally, there has been little emphasis placed on building interpersonal skills in pediatric practice and training. This white paper offers tips and examples for clinicians on how to provide quality care with empathy, support, and respect for the patient and family.