The Physician-Patient Relationship
The physician-patient relationship encourages patient-centered care. Knowing one’s patient is the first step in directing a unique course of care. Trust yields better health outcomes. A strong physician-patient relationship boosts healthy behaviors and improves adherence to treatment. Policies should reinforce the physician-patient relationship. Physicians should be allowed the time to cultivate a relationship with their patients – and rewarded when that relationship generates positive health outcomes.