Being aware of one’s own feelings is important for clinicians, especially when patients have difficult emotional issues. Without this awareness, one often acts reflexively, even negatively. Personal awareness is key to the provider-patient relationship and is particularly important for both interviewing and mental health care training.
I. Research Articles
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- Smith RC: Unrecognized Responses and Feelings of Residents and Fellows During the Interviews of Patients. J Med Educ 1986; 61:982-984
- Smith RC, Zimmy G: Physicians’ Emotional Reactions to Patients. Psychosomatics 1988; 29;392-397.
- Smith RC, Marshall AA, Lyles JS, Frankel RM: Teaching Self-awareness Enhances Learning about Interviewing. Acad Med 1999; 74:1242-1248.