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
Recent Examples on the Web Empathy is so important in a medical doctor that it is even known by another name: ‘bedside manner’. Seija Rankin,, "Set My Heart to Five,," 1 June 2020 Studies have consistently found that humans prefer ‘bedside manner’ to diagnostic accuracy and treatment efficacy. Seija Rankin,, "Set My Heart to Five,," 1 June 2020 The way a topic is handled (bedside manner, say) is just as essential as the subject matter itself. Hannah Elliott,, "Forget Baking. During Covid-19, You Need to Learn How to Have a Conversation," 12 May 2020 Handling such patients requires the most gentle of bedside manners. Los Angeles Times, "A doctor’s radical treatment for pregnant addicts? Get them clean," 26 Feb. 2020 The post received more than 300 comments, many from patients praising Dr. Stella’s bedside manner. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Roberto Stella, Regional Doctor with a National Presence, Dies at 67," 31 Mar. 2020 Murray was beloved for his bedside manner and respect for other health care professionals including nurses, Broaddus said. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Leading lung expert John F. Murray dies of same condition he spent years treating after being infected with coronavirus," 26 Mar. 2020 Jim Axelrod: Surgeons aren't usually known for their bedside manner. CBS News, "Murder-suicide leads to history-making heart transplant, new life for DC woman," 14 Mar. 2020 Chris Whitty, the government’s chief medical adviser, and Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific officer, have become unlikely stars thanks to their calm bedside manner. The Economist, "Is it ready? Britain’s NHS is well suited to dealing with crises," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bedside manner

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Bedside manner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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