The 'difficult patient' as perceived by family physicians.

  title={The 'difficult patient' as perceived by family physicians.},
  author={Dov Steinmetz and Hava Tabenkin},
  journal={Family practice},
  volume={18 5},
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study is to understand in depth the experience of the family physician faced with the patient that he perceives as 'difficult'. This was done by means of the 'long interview' as a method of qualitative research. METHOD We interviewed 15 randomly selected Board-certified family physicians, with five or more years experience as specialists, employed in the northern district of the 'Clalit Health Services', the major sick fund in Israel. RESULTS The participants… CONTINUE READING
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