"Such cases are awakenings!" Transforming clinical relationships through critical incidents in refugee care
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A positive physician-patient relationship is crucial for high quality and effective health care. Yet, cultural and language differences between providers and patients often challenge the establishment of effective physician-patient relationships. These challenges are especially evident in provider-refugee-patient interactions in which patients have experienced loss, torture, and trauma. Understanding of what constitutes a positive doctor-patient relationship is fundamental to diagnosis and treatment and is crucial for the delivery of quality care for diverse patient populations, including refugees. This qualitative, phenomenological case-study focuses on physician-reported experiences caring for refugees in order to identify what experiential factors contribute to effective therapeutic relationships.