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Anger Within the Doctor Patient Relationship

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2014.0182-0186

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Iris Veit

Keywords: Anger Doctor Patient Relationship Dysfunctional Interaction Patterns Introspection Basic Psychosomatic Care

Summary: Anger can become a crucial matter on either side within the relationship between a doctor and a patient as frequently experienced from Continuing Medical Education (CME) in basic psychosomatic care. Based on the experience obtained from CME a classification of various occasions for anger and anger-associated interactions is presented in this paper. Traditionally it is considered professional for doctors to deny or rationalize anger. However, this can be harmful to the doctor-patient relationship. The paper discusses a different approach in handling this emotion:. to understand the patient and his dysfunctional relationship patterns is more constructive. Taking advantage of the introspection of own emotions it becomes easier interrupting anger-associated interactions. Furthermore a reduction of negative emotions increases the doctor´s well-being and quality of life.


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