The Power of Human Interaction
Figure 27. Dr. Brehove cares for a young person at a local shelter. Venice Family Clinic Photos, 2008.
“CARING is the true patient-centered medical home.”
—Dr. Coley King
“[T]hat the placebo effect is a biological response to an act of caring; that somehow the encounter itself calls forth healing and that the more intense and focused it is, the more healing it evokes.” 37
Reflections from field experience:
- It can mean a lot to show up to see an unsheltered patient in the field.
- Simply meeting with a patient and taking a history and a physical exam without rendering any medical treatment may provide a powerful physiological and emotional effect for the patient.
- Just because we did not administer any medical treatment does not mean we did not affect the patient positively.