The pediatric surgeon-patient relationship

Sandra Rackley, John Michael Bostwick

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Though technical aspects of surgical practice are commonly emphasized, communication is the most frequent "procedure" employed by surgeons. A good patient-physician relationship enhances the quality of surgical care by improving outcomes and patient and family satisfaction. There are general principles that can enhance communication with all children and families. Employing a developmentally sensitive approach that adjusts communication style based on a child's cognitive abilities and emotional concerns can further enhance the relationship with children of different ages. These communication skills can be learned and are improved by practice and self-reflection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-128
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Pediatric Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • Communication
  • Developmental stages
  • Doctor-patient relationship
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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