When a doctor shows empathy for patients, it can change the way the brain responds to stress and pain.
“This is the first study that has looked at the patient-centered relationship from a neurobiological point of view,” says lead researcher Issidoros Sarinopoulos, professor of radiology at Michigan State University. “It’s important for doctors and others who advocate this type of relationship with the patient to show that there is a biological basis.”
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