Therapeutic relationship

Revised Practice Guidelines for the Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults

The American Psychiatric Association has released the third edition of the Practice Guidelines for the Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults. These guidelines are different from previous versions in that they represent the first APA guidance developed using a new process that addresses standards set forth in a 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report titled “Clinical Practice […]

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An Empathetic Doctor Can Increase A Patient’s Pain Tolerance

Clinicians are taught as part of their medical training that the therapeutic relationship is an important component of treatment and that reassurance, empathy and compassionate care are valuable elements in improving medical outcomes. A recent study published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling demonstrated that the doctor-patient relationship can actually change the brain’s response […]

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