Physician-specific traits such as empathy, trust and personality play a pivotal role in the outcome of treatments. These traits may also have an impact on medicalization; however, little is known about this subject. A physician's personality has an impact on his or her general outlook on life and how s/he acts as a doctor; this may result in errors of judgement and bias. This risk of errors of judgement and bias can potentially have a significant impact on patient-physician contacts and treatment choices. In this article, I describe possible negative consequences of pathological personality traits on treatments and I cover certain errors of judgement and sources of bias that can have an impact on medicalization.
|Translated title of the contribution||The physician's personality: Paramount for success in therapy|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Early online date||5 Dec 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Dec 2018|