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Show 1165: Can Your Doctor’s Positive Attitude Improve Your Health?

Research suggests that a doctor's positive attitude can speed symptom relief and encourage doctor-patient collaboration for healing.
Show 1165: Can Your Doctor’s Positive Attitude Improve Your ...
Kari Leibowitz, doctoral candidate, Stanford University
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Can Your Doctor’s Positive Attitude Improve Your Health?

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We all prefer to interact with people who are friendly, supportive and helpful. But when it comes to health care providers, does “bedside manner” really make a difference? Or is a doctor’s positive attitude irrelevant to the medical outcome?

Does Your Doctor’s Positive Attitude Affect Your Health?

We talk with a scientist who has looked into this question and concluded that “having a doctor who is warm and reassuring actually improves your health.” Doctoral candidate Kari Leibowitz will explain her research and how she reached that conclusion. She also suggests how this effects of a doctor’s positive attitude may be working.

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Many people have told us that if they take the results of an internet search to their doctor visit, the reception can be frosty. Dr. Mike Stang welcomes his patients bringing him their ideas and the information they have found. Does treating patients like partners make a difference in their care? Tell us about your experiences, especially when a doctor’s positive attitude made a difference: 888-472-3366 between 7 and 8 am EDT on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Or send us email: radio@peoplespharmacy.com

This Week’s Guests:

Kari Leibowitz is a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow and doctoral candidate in psychology at Stanford University. Kari works in the Stanford Mind & Body Lab and her research involves leveraging mindsets to improve healthcare experiences and outcomes. https://mbl.stanford.edu/ Her research was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in December 2018 and written up in The New York Times. The photo is of Ms. Leibowitz.

Michael T. Stang, MD, is the Chief Quality Officer for Duke Raleigh Hospital in the Duke Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery, an endocrine surgeon, and a surgical oncologist.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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  • Leibowitz K et al, "Physician assurance reduces patient symptoms in US adults: An experimental study." Journal of General Internal Medicine, Dec. 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-018-4627-z
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