Listening to the doctor's heart
“A few months ago, I embarked on an ethnographic study to understand what health care professionals saw as the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients. This involved conversations with several doctors in Pakistan, who had volunteered to share their views about pediatric patient care. As I engaged in deep, organic discussions with my interlocutors, I found doctors willing to explore personal experiences which had left indelible memories. I had somehow tapped into a need for them to reflect on their own struggles to gain trust, counsel, and understand patients psychologically and the impact this had on them. An unexpected by-product of my research was that I had created a safe space for doctors to unpack their emotions. While they appear clinical and detached, doctors have a heartbeat that races when they share personally meaningful stories about their work in rare places where they feel completely comfortable.”
Maryam Chloé Pervaiz is an anthropologist.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Listening to the doctor’s heart.”
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