Medical professionalism: Constructive communication culture and positive role models for a more caring and empathic conversational style in medicine


Author: Anna-Li Schönenberg-Tu
Page Range: 269-273
Published in: Journal of Alternative Medicine Research, 15#2 (2023)
ISSN: 1939-5868

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Public health care in Germany, whilst having many advantages, has reportedly strong deficiencies in regards to sustained therapeutic relationships, mostly due to reduced or dysfunctional doctor-patient-communication, which would need to be improved when promoting therapeutical alliance. Communication culture and role modelling between doctors as well as between teaching-doctors and medical students play a critical part in shaping and constituting medical professionalism. To collectively move towards a more patient-centred communication style, it is necessary to address aspects of intra-professional culture that are vital to an empathic attitude. In this paper some of the major concerns with medical professionalism as part of teaching by example will be examined and put into perspective with some prevalent counterproductive practices, such as hierarchical competitiveness, abbreviated conversational habits and problems with hazing in higher education. These will need to be addressed in order to create a more constructive professional environment that is healthy for both patients and medical practitioners.

Keywords: Patient-centred communication, relationship-centred care, doctor-patient-relationship, public health, medical anthropology, attitude to health, theory of medicine, medical professionalism, teaching, role modelling

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