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The emotional component of the attitude of the physician in situations of obstetric failure.
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PMID:  17357338     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The research aim is to study the working attitude of a physician towards his patient with obstetric failures in the emotional component aspect. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A sample of 164 gynecological doctors was encompassed by the study. The physicians were mainly interviewed during various types of training courses, specialist conventions and during personal meetings. A 44-question anonymous questionnaire was directed at gynecologists. The question was closed. The survey used for the research (in "ex post facto" procedure) matches quantity and quality elements. RESULTS: Concerning the emotional aspect referred to the most difficult in the physician-- patient relation: 18% of the respondents stated they had positive feelings towards the patient, 16% had self-centred feelings and 1% had negative feelings towards the patient. Concerned the feelings of the doctor when the patient and her husband are in a situation of obstetric failure: 49% shared positive feelings in experiencing obstetric failure in patients, 38% concentrated on themselves and their own feelings and 4% gave a decided negative reply. Physicians' attitudes were measured in relation to the death of a patient: 52% related that experience very personally to themselves, 4% of the physicians referred to the death of their patient with a sense of great sorrow and 1% were negatively trying to put the blame on the deceased patient. CONCLUSIONS: The most emotionally difficult obstetric failure in the doctor--patient relation was the death of a prenatal child; the most effective reaction to the sorrow of a mother after the loss of her child was support and bringing relief to the patient; 38% of gynecologists have not answered the question because of luck of such experience and because of the too difficult trauma experience.
M Szymańska; P Knapp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in medical sciences     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1896-1126     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Med Sci     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-15     Completed Date:  2007-07-05     Revised Date:  2008-05-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101276222     Medline TA:  Adv Med Sci     Country:  Poland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  345-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
College of Human Psychology and Philosophy, Medical University of Białystok, ul. ks. Andrukiewicza 2/34, 15-204 Białystok, Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Obstetric Labor Complications / psychology*
Physician-Patient Relations*
Physicians / psychology*

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