In a study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, researchers found that doctors generally like their patients, but that some like them more than others. study has been published online in the journal Patient Education and Counseling and is thought to be among the first to examine how physicians interact with their patients positively. According to the 25 physicians interviewed, 22 respondents said they had favorite patients, but some described them as a type of patient they deal with regularly in their practice while others reflected on several patients that they have treated along the way. By gaining an understanding of this aspect of physician-patient relationships, the researchers hope to shed light on how patients and physicians can work together more effectively from patients to doctors by appreciating their reward of their practice and causing burnout to be prevented. According to study leader Joy Lee, PhD, MS, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School, the findings emphasize the importance of having a usual source of care, a family doctor with whom to establish a rapport. It’s true that like patients don’t constantly fall ill, but in times of crisis they have established relationships to fall back on during times of crisis.”

It has been surprising that many physicians report their favorite patients are not necessarily the most compliant or those who are most like The doctors spent more time with them because they had known the patients over a long time — anywhere from a year to several decades — and who were or had been very ill, which meant that they met with them more often. Among the respondents, three stated that they did not have any favorite patients, adding concern that the label implied According to the study, the other physicians indicated some sort of favorite patient amongst their own patients. “This concern demonstrates that physicians are striving to be fair and to give all of their patients the best possible care,” Lee says. “It’s not all about me,” physicians often say in response to questions, as opposed to the feeling they were trying to convey related to their patients. Our study found doctors were attentive to the patient-physician relationship. Their thinking humanized it,” said Dr. Johnson. Individuals with favorite patients indicated they maintained boundaries between patient and physician, and did not socialize with patients outside of their practice or use social media to connect with them.

Researchers surveyed 25 primary care physicians working in clinical settings throughout the Johns Hopkins health system as part of the study. Just over half the participants were female (14, or 56 percent) and the majority of participants were white (21, or 84 There is no consensus definition of the term favorite patient thus, the interviews were open ended, but mostly centered around eight questions regarding participants’ perceptions of a favorite patient. A full transcription of every interview has been completed for analysis, except for three. three of the interviews, the recordings did not work, so the interviewer relied solely on notes.) Responses were coded, and the following three themes The perspectives of physicians and the characteristics of favorite patients, along with the effects of favorite patient relationships. In terms of policy, the findings highlight the importance of steady access to health care, with patients being able to see the same doctor or practice over time. Patients without insurance tend to see a variety of practitioners, often seeking treatment at urgent care centers, instead of developing relationships with physicians. Having spent a lot of time with their favorite patients, their physicians are most likely to know how to care for them because of their knowledge of those patients. That is the perceived benefit of favorite patients. Other than that, doctors did not see benefits in favoriting their favorite patients over others other than the fact that they knew them better. While one observer said, “It is true that my favorite patients get back to me more rapidly than my less favorite patients.” .

Professor Albert Wu, MD, MPH, who is a senior author on the paper and the director of the department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School, believes it would be surprising if doctors did not have favorites. We are all human, and as humans we are attracted to some people more than others — both personally and professionally. In addition to the humanistic nature we want our doctors to exhibit, our patients benefit from positive regard as well. While we should avoid playing favorites, which is different from having favorites,” while physicians noted that their favorite patients enhanced their professional experience, a fourth theme emerged unprompted about challenging patients. Physicians, during their interviews, said that confronting challenging patients can be difficult, especially if patients fail to understand their limitations. The common theme among respondents was that formerly challenging patients often became favorites over time, further reinforcing the importance of staying with the same physician whenever The following is what I observed¬†