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Perception of Physicians

A Qualitative Research

EDA YILMAZ ALARÇİN

A Papa Smurf or Superman...Spring or winter…Woman or man…Circle or triangle…All of the people have definitely received treatment from a physician. All right then, how are the physicians perceived? Or how do you want to be perceived if you are a physician? This is an original work based on qualitative research. The author took a photo; here is a selfie opportunity for you. Do you want to know how patients see the physicians? This book offers clues about how physicians are perceived. If you want, you can have a look at the photo together with the author.

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3 Physician Characteristics

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The main characteristics of physicians are specified by Draper and Louw13 as “cultural competence”; “respect for patient diversity”; “lifelong learning”; “professionalism”; “suitability for teamwork” and “communication skills”. The authors state that considering these features in the education processes of physician candidates is important for patient satisfaction and developing successful relationships with other stakeholders.

It is inevitable for physicians to be exposed to patients with different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, especially in a multicultural society. Therefore, in the provision of effective health care, physicians need to understand the social, psychological, political, cultural, and religious issues that may affect communities and their perceptions of health and disease 14,15,16,17. Moreover, the spread of health tourism and the global patient profile increase the importance of this issue.

In fact, it is seen that the importance of culture for physicians was gradually accepted in the early 2000s. People have as much culture as the groups they belong to. There are cultural differences between patients and physicians in many areas such as beliefs about health, disease and death; tolerance to differences; patient needs; patient centeredness level; patient support structure; alternative medicine; access to health services; verbal, non-verbal and written communication; social norms (taboos); ethical rules; religious values; individual perspectives and gender roles18. The inability of ←17 | 18→physicians to manage these cultural differences well causes them to be not fully competent in communication. For example, cultural differences, such as different parenting traditions, sexual roles and behavior, affect understanding of...

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