A physicians ‘quality of presence’ - a vital therapeutic tool

Chris Bateman


An Italian study showing that diabetic patients of physicians with high empathy had a significantly lower rate of acute metabolic complications than those of physicians with moderate and low empathy scores is one of several recent scientific reports supporting the use of ‘mindfulness’ in clinical practice.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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mindfulness; clinical practice; empathy

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South African Medical Journal 2013;103(7):439-440. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7098

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Date submitted: 2013-05-30
Date published: 2013-06-05

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