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Why Nice Doctors Are Better Doctors
Yahoo! News

Going to the doctor is an exercise in brisk communication, trust and vulnerability — talking about your health concerns isn’t easy. Add to this crunchtime a new doctor who rushes in, fails to provide an introduction and talks down to you throughout the session. But doctors with bad manners aren’t merely an added frustration while you’re sick: There’s evidence they could be hazardous to your health.

The role of bedside manner in medical treatment has been something of an afterthought in decades past, seen as secondary to a good medical education, proper experience and high-tech tools and resources. But this kind of caring could mean the difference between illness and health, according to experts, and with a growing focus on patient satisfaction, many doctors are taking note.