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5 Ways New Doctors Fail at Bedside Manner

New research in the Journal of Hospital Medicine examines “the extent to which internal medicine interns practice behaviors that characterize etiquette-based medicine.” 5 key communication strategies were used by internal medicine interns to evaluate inpatient clinical encounters: introducing one’s self, explaining one’s role in the patient’s care, touching the patient, asking open-ended questions, and sitting down with the patient. Researchers found “Overall, interns introduced themselves 40% of the time and explained their role 37% of the time. Interns touched patients on 65% of visits, asked open-ended questions on 75% of visits, and sat down with patients during 9% of visits.”

Read it in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.