‘Bedside’ Manner Matters. Effectiveness Bank Alcohol Treatment Matrix Cell B3

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The previous cell of the Alcohol Treatment Matrix looked mainly at the medications clinicians prescribe. Now we look at the clinicians themselves, and discover that for this ‘disease’, bedside manner is not just a conduit for treatment: to a substantial degree, it is the treatment. Learn from seminal studies that patients “sensitized to rejection” assess their clinicians as much as the reverse; signs of rejection or coldness lead to rejection back and risk treatment failure.

The ‘bite’ commentary ends by asking:
- To what degree is the clinician’s commitment to their alcohol-dependent clients determined by management and workplace culture?
- What makes a clinician ‘good’, and how can we identify the good ones?

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One of 25 cells in the Alcohol Treatment Matrix mapping seminal and key research and guidance on alcohol brief interventions and treatment.

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