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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 45  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 100-103
Perception of doctor–patient relationship in the present time from the viewpoint of doctors: A qualitative study at a tertiary health-care center in Eastern India

1 Department of Urology, IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Medicine, MGM Medical College, Kishanganj, Bihar, India

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Prof. Dilip Kumar Pal
Department of Urology, IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata - 700 020, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_106_19

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Context: Doctor–patient relationship has gone through some troubled times in the recent past. Quality data regarding this is lacking in the Indian setting. Aims: The study aim was to find the perception of doctors regarding doctor–patient relationship. Settings and Design: The study was conducted at a tertiary health-care center in West Bengal. It was a qualitative study including in-depth interviews and focus group discussions (FGDs). Subjects and Methods: The study comprised of in-depth interviews (IDI) of thirty residents and three FGDs, involving 33 residents. Statistical Analysis Used: Data analysis was performed manually by deductive approach. Descriptive “codes” of the text information were done. The consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research guidelines were followed. Results: Doctor–patient relationship was perceived as of mutual trust and respect. Overburdened doctors, impatient patients, unrealistic expectations from the treatment, and lack of infrastructure were some of the agreed-upon factors for the strained relationship. A combined corrective effort is needed to salvage the current situation. Conclusions: A healthy doctor–patient relationship is instrumental in the holistic picture of health care. Doctors, patients, administration, and media have shared causation to the problem and have equal responsibility for its amendment.

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