Patient Reflections: Saying Good-Bye to a Retiring Family Doctor

B. Merenstein, J. Merenstein
2008 Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine  
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.
more » ... an relationship. These included "being there," caring, medical expertise, personal characteristics, multiple roles/anything goes, family, and continuity. Conclusion: Analyzing comments from actual patients at the end of a long-term relationship with an individual physician confirms beliefs of what patients consider important based on theoretical models, surveys, and interviews. (J Am Board Fam Med 2008;21:461-465.) From the
doi:10.3122/jabfm.2008.05.070186 pmid:18772301 fatcat:dm6qofu6inb5hpwmawowwzc6q4