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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: The interpersonal relationship between dentist and patient
Name of author(s): Bogdan Alecu
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Language of the publication: Romanian
Language of the review: English
This article presents the relationship between dentist and patient. Doctor-patient interaction is carried out simultaneously on two levels: that of verbal messages between them and non-verbal, functional, using gestures. Doctor-patient relationship can borrow one type of the relational models with very different implications:
• The active-passive, consisting of total passivity of the patient, doctor taking an active role and the responsibility of taking decisions.
• The teacher-student-the doctor is dominant, paternalistic, not allowing the patient more than a position of dependence, obedience and renunciation of any initiative;
• The mutual-participation implies equality between doctor and patient understanding of responsibilities of each of the for the success of medical act;
• The privacy disrespectful-that is dysfunctional and without professional ethics, the product of emotional needs.
In the dental cabinet, the relationship is on the one hand, between doctor, nurse, technician and on the other hand, the patient. That doctor is often in a situation where a child must explain the reasons which led to a functioning other than the normal functioning of the maxillary, carefully explaining each aspect of the problem that the patient presents, even repeating several times, emphasizing factors that have led to the problem.
Success in a dental practice is due to many factors, first being called doctor's and dental technician`s professional competence.
The relationship between doctor and patient based on trust and the good communication between the two actors have as impact the best results for treatment. Arguably, dentistry is both science and art, considered in the terms of building and maintaining interpersonal relationships and the prospect of dental work, where an important factor is represented by the esthetic work for the patient.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The article presents the relationship between the dentist and his patient, highlighting the relational models with their different implications.
Regarding the success of a dental cabinet, the author emphasizes the professional competence and a good communication between doctor and patient but also between patient and technician.
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