Doctor-Patient Relationship from Medical Ethics Perspective

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    Study aim is to describe and analyze the types of doctor-patient relationship from medical ethics perspective from 1950s-1960s till now. The research material is basic literature in medical ethics.
    Methods: philosophical reflection based on the analysis of literature. . The doctor-patient relationship practiced in the 1950s and 1960s became the role model for parent-child relationship. Paternalism was also the dominant factor in the doctor-patient relationship until the 1960s. In the 1970s, the dominant view of the doctor-patient relationship was that of power and conflict of interest, with the patient benefiting and the doctor having the opportunity to be in charge. The role of technology in the doctor-patient relationship has increased significantly from the 1980s to the present day.
    The patient-doctor relationship has also changed considerably: from complete trust and confidence in the healthcare professional to the patient's willingness to adjust the doctor's instructions or even the radical decision to self-medicate. Technology is helping to make the communication process between doctor and patient smoother and easier, but at the same time the process of digitalization, together with commercialization, has increased the alienation between doctor and patient. The need for direct, face-to-face communication has not waned and will hopefully not disappear in future, as it is necessary for both parties to fully apply themselves to treatment process and achieve the stated treatment goals.. • The doctor-patient relationship has evolved continuously since the 1950s, with changing power dynamic between both sides of the partnership.
    While initially doctors were the undisputed authority and patients merely had to abide by the doctor's opinion, in today's digital age not only has the influence of technology on the doctor's decisions increased significantly, but also the patient's ability to influence these decisions.
    Period30 Mar 2023
    Event titleRSU research week 2023: University Teaching and Learning
    Event typeConference
    OrganiserRīga Stradiņš University
    LocationRiga, LatviaShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • doctor
    • patient
    • relationship
    • Medical ethics
    • perspective

    Field of Science

    • 6.3 Philosophy, Ethics and Religion