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The estranged Doctor-Patient relationship needs an immediate fix

“Medicine is an art whose magic and creative ability have long been recognized as residing in the interpersonal aspects of patient-physician relationship.” -Hall JA, Roter DL, Rand CS.

The news of families of patients assaulting doctors is making the news every day.
Functional doctor-patient communication builds a strong curative doctor-patient relationship, which is the heart of medicine. This is essential in the conveyance of high-quality health care. Dissatisfaction and complaints are due to breakdown in the doctor-patient relationship.

With the help of research and technology, doctors have successfully increased the life expectancy over the years.

According to the latest WHO data published in 2015 life expectancy in India is: Male 66.9, female 69.9 and total life expectancy is 68.3 which gives India a World Life Expectancy ranking of 123.

The average life expectancy which used to be around 42 in 1960, steadily climbed to around 48 in 1980, 58.5 in 1990. The increase in life expectancy is because of the doctors and medicines.

 Despite this, families of patients brutally assault doctors to put forth their frustration and evade paying bills when patients lose their lives.

From a hospital management point of view, probably the appointment of more healthcare management professionals could ensure an effective and smooth flow of operations in the hospitals.

 In the light of the above topic, we could connect you to Dr. Usha Manjunath, Dean of IIHMR Bangalore to provide inputs on how hospitals could tackle this issue that needs immediate attention.