How important is kindness to a patient’s recovery? This opinion piece examines the evidence linking doctors’ empathy to their patients’ outcomes. Perhaps not surprisingly, the evidence is weak; but that doesn’t mean that kindness isn’t still important. Meanwhile, on the legal side of the issue, it’s been found that doctors who sincerely apologize for mistakes are less likely to be sued for malpractice.
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The Washington Post: “We all want our doctors to be kind. But does kindness actually help us get well?”