The aim of this paper is twofold : first, to present empirical findings, using data drawn from a comprehensive two year study of biomedical practice and patients perceptions of treatment and recovery done in a Mexico City public hospital, identifying specific aspects of the doctor-patient relationship that impact on patient perceived recovery.
Second, and flowing from the first, the objective is to consider broader theoretical issues relevant to the doctor-patient relationship, the role it plays in the healing process and in biomedical practice, especially in a developing nation such as Mexico.
The paper is divided into two sections : in Section I, the problem is defined and the methodology and findings are described, employing statistical and qualitative analyses.
While enormous importance has been given to the doctor-patient relationship in biomedicine, the results of the study using statistical analysis, reveal that only particular components of the physician-patient encounter significantly influence differential treatment outcomes.
In Section II the significance of the findings are discussed and theoretical issues are addressed bearing on the physician-patient relationship, and patients'perceptions of treatment.
To illuminate the differential perceptions of treatment outcomes by patients with non-life-threatening disorders, the concept of life's lesions proposed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Récupération, Perception sociale, Maladie, Chronique, Homme, Relation médecin malade, Pronostic, Mexique, Amérique Centrale, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Recovery, Social perception, Disease, Chronic, Human, Physician patient relation, Prognosis, Mexico, Central America, America
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Cote : 96-0082954
Code Inist : 002A26N03A. Création : 199608.