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Revista Cubana de Medicina

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ESCOBAR YENDEZ, Nilia Victoria et al. The doctor-patient relationship: need or convenience?. Rev cubana med [online]. 2019, vol.58, n.1, e979.  Epub 20-Fev-2020. ISSN 0034-7523.

The doctor-patient relationship stands out as a unique model of human communication, which serves as a framework for the most important intellectual and affective interaction of clinical practice, which is carried out through the medical interview. This is a fundamental tool to obtain reliable history and establish solid, lasting and productive doctor-patient relationship, since the ability to communicate efficiently is not only knowing how to express oneself, but also, and above all, knowing how to listen, which begins to complete the first principle of the clinical method, which is that of the medical profession. The objective of this research was to update the knowledge on the doctor-patient relationship according to the clinical method. To this end, we reviewed theoretical contributions made by prestigious Cuban internists throughout history, together with the positions assumed by the present authors based on their own experiences. Certainly, the achievement of a successful doctor-patient relationship becomes a powerful weapon for accurate diagnosis.

Palavras-chave : doctor-patient relationship; medical interview; interview, clinical method; medical ethics.

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