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Physicians' Feelings About Themselves and Their Patients

Dena Schulman-Green, PhD
JAMA. 2002;287(9):1113-1114. doi:10.1001/jama.287.9.1109.
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To the Editor: Dr Meier and colleagues1 describe a model for assisting physicians to maximize their patients' and their own well-being. Their approach identifies risk factors, signs and symptoms, differential diagnosis, and intervention strategies for physicians to use as a guide toward identifying and addressing emotional distress. Yet application of these standard medical principles to emotional dynamics does not allow for deeper exploration of emotion. The medicalization of emotion in this context may, for some, create yet another wall for physicians to stand behind when emotions threaten to overwhelm them. In other words, use of a medical approach may actually strengthen the barriers this model seeks to alleviate.

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The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
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