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Humility has been assessed from numerous angles in psychology. Previous research has examined physician humility and its relevance to quality of care and doctor-patient relationships. In the past, humility—as defined by the patient perspective—has been shown to increase patient trust, overall health outcome, and other positive factors. In the current study, we will explore humility from the perspective of medical companions (someone who accompanies the
patient to their doctor's visit). Using an online study, 304 participants were asked to rate physician humility and list exemplary behaviors seen at their most recent visit. Patients usually have established rapport with their medical companions that they may not have with their physician. Therefore, we expect the perspective of medical companions on physician humility to offer new insights for comparison and measurement of physician humility, that will likely influence the overall interaction and doctor-patient relationship.

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