Accession Number : AD0663166

Title :   VARIABLE ROLE CONCEPTIONS IN DOCTOR-PATIENT INTERACTION.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : DUKE UNIV DURHAM N C

Personal Author(s) : Garrity,Thomas F.

Report Date : SEP 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Patients are classified as either functional or non-functional depending on the nature of their chief complaint. Their role expectations with respect to the doctor-patient relationship are shown to be different: functional patients are more likely to seek a relationship of involvement with the doctor, while non-functional patients seek an affectively-neutral technical relationship. Physicians are classified in a parallel manner 'Comprehensive' physicians are ready to grant psychological support and counseling in problems where it seems appropriate. 'Organic' physicians are ready to give technical help only. The comprehensive physicians interact less stressfully with the functional patients than do the organic physicians. The greater stress with organic physicians is explained by the discrepancy of role conceptions. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*MEDICAL EXAMINATION, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY)), MEDICAL PERSONNEL, QUESTIONNAIRES, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), BEHAVIOR, INTERACTIONS

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE