Doctor's bedside manner makes a difference, study says

September 13, 2012 5:14:08 AM PDT
Does your doctor's bedside manner really matter in the long run? According to a new study, the answer is yes.

When put to the test, patients with empathetic doctors have better outcomes and are less likely to experience complications. That's the finding of this new study in the journal Academic Medicine.

The study examined the association between clinical outcomes for nearly 21,000 patients with diabetes and the level of empathy of 242 doctors.

Authors say this study emphasizes the importance of assessing and enhancing empathic skills in undergraduate and graduate medical students.