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What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine | [Danielle Ofri]

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

In What Doctors Feel, Dr. Danielle Ofri has taken on the task of dissecting the hidden emotional responses of doctors, and how these directly influence patients. How do the stresses of medical life - from paperwork to grueling hours to lawsuits to facing death - affect the medical care that doctors can offer their patients? Digging deep into the lives of doctors, Ofri examines the daunting range of emotions - shame, anger, empathy, frustration, hope, pride, occasionally despair, and sometimes even love - that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connection.
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Publisher's Summary

A look at the emotional side of medicine - the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that affect patient care.

Physicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life's most challenging moments. But doctors' emotional responses to the life-and-death dramas of everyday practice have a profound impact on medical care. And while much has been written about the minds and methods of the medical professionals who save our lives, precious little has been said about their emotions.

In What Doctors Feel, Dr. Danielle Ofri has taken on the task of dissecting the hidden emotional responses of doctors, and how these directly influence patients. How do the stresses of medical life - from paperwork to grueling hours to lawsuits to facing death - affect the medical care that doctors can offer their patients? Digging deep into the lives of doctors, Ofri examines the daunting range of emotions - shame, anger, empathy, frustration, hope, pride, occasionally despair, and sometimes even love - that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connection. Drawing on scientific studies, including some surprising research, Dr. Danielle Ofri offers up an unflinching look at the impact of emotions on health care.

The stories here reveal the undeniable truth that emotions have a distinct effect on how doctors care for their patients. For both clinicians and patients, understanding what doctors feel can make all the difference in giving and getting the best medical care.

©2013 Danielle Ofri (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Cookmd 09-03-14
    Cookmd 09-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What Doctors Feel to be better than the print version?

    Real life stories, we experience these all the time...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julia. I have had patients in her same shoes.


    Have you listened to any of Andi Arndt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


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    Debbie United States 07-17-14
    Debbie United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2013

    Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..

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    "Worth the Listen, but not quite what I expected"
    Would you listen to What Doctors Feel again? Why?

    No but no regrets


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The entire pace of book lacked dynamics. No real change for ending.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While muti-tasking, good serial listen. No challenge to stop & pick up again.


    Any additional comments?

    The memoir lacks dimension & depth into the doctor whose story we hear (with jerky gaps). I found empathy topic quite interesting. Which doctors are or are not sued, good trivia info. Focus on two patients too narrow. Narrator very good.

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    Nicholas Newsad Westminster, CO 09-21-13
    Nicholas Newsad Westminster, CO 09-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    I was particularly fond of Dr. Ofri's discussion of the research regarding physician empathy for their patients and how it varies widely among medical specialties. The chapter on physician disillusionment was also very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Their were a few stressful, anxiety-provoking passages that made me cringe. If these sections are difficult for you, I recommend you power through them. The rest of the book is worth it!

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