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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe the doctor-patient relationship as expressed in written comments to a retiring family physician. Methods: All 200 of the written notes and e-mails to a single family physician retiring after 42 years in practice were examined using content analysis for general themes and meaning. No phone or personal verbal responses were included. Results: Seven themes emerged with regards to what patients appreciated in their family physician relationship.doi:10.3122/jabfm.2008.05.070186 pmid:18772301 fatcat:dm6qofu6inb5hpwmawowwzc6q4