The patient's perspective is also important for physicians

Interview with Dr. Heiner Heister, Chairman of the "Patient-Physician Communication" Committee of the North Rhine Medical Association (German: Ärztekammer Nordrhein)


Photo: Dr. Heiner Heister

Dr. Heiner Heister; ©Jochen Rolfes

Photo: Patient talks to two physician about an X-ray image

"Ideally, a discourse develops from this": When patients are interested in their condition and inform themselves independently from the physician, both sides can meet "on an equal footing"; © werner.heiber

Photo: Physican holds a filled syringe towards the camera

An ever-returning topic of discussions: vaccinations. Still, physicians should also try to understand the arguments of skeptical patients; ©

Photo: Timo Roth; Copyright: B. Frommann

©B. Frommann