bedside manner


Definition of bedside manner

: the manner that a physician assumes toward patients a doctor with a soothing bedside manner broadly : a person's manner in dealing with others The good news for Coelho is that his problem is largely a matter of style, not substance. With a smoother bedside manner, friends and opponents agree, he could probably get the job done. — Dana Milbank

Examples of bedside manner in a Sentence

A number of patients have complained about the doctor's impersonal bedside manner. a nurse with a warm bedside manner

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In my experience, his empathy and animal-bedside manner are unequaled. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Park Avenue's Pet Whisperer," 3 Sep. 2014 She's been this passionate person and the ideal in bedside manner for her whole turn on the series, despite dealing with some remarkable bad fortune., "Grey's Anatomy Season 14, Episode 22 Recap: "Fight For Your Mind"," 4 May 2018 Some doctors have better bedside manner than others. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "A doctor who can feel his patient's pain," 26 Apr. 2018 Soon enough, every other spa was rethinking its business plan and reconsidering its bedside manner. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "The Entrepreneur Who’s Constantly Reinventing the Beauty Game," 28 Mar. 2018 What has qualified advice columnists isn’t knowledge, but something more like a projectable bedside manner that stops people from bristling at their instruction. Alexandra Molotkow, The New Republic, "The Power of the Advice Columnist," 26 Mar. 2018 King's pediatrician - whose bedside manner Contessa describes as disengaged and cursory -- was largely unhelpful, too. Leila Atassi,, "Why it 'takes a village' to get 8-year-old King Korper the help he needs: A Greater Cleveland," 19 Feb. 2018 The simulation facility, located on the NEOMED campus in Rootstown, allows NEOMED students and other health care professionals from across Northeast Ohio to practice clinical skills, and bedside manner. Julie Washington,, "Medical students practice bedside manner at Northeast Ohio Medical University's training center," 31 Jan. 2018 And will people be looking for someone that would be reassuring, calm, a good bedside manner, that sort of thing? NBC News, "Meet the Press - December 31, 2017," 31 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of bedside manner

1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bedside manner

: the way a doctor or nurse behaves with patients

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Medical Definition of bedside manner

: the manner that a physician assumes toward patients

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