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 This innovative technology helps educate on proper bedside manner and assessing patient demographic and background. Blake Simpson, Fortune, 21 May 2024 For the past several years, he’s been focused on how artificial intelligence can improve health care, in ways ranging from big data analysis to providing feedback on clinicians’ bedside manner. Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 2 May 2024 Earlier this year, Google researchers published a study demonstrating that their AI has a better bedside manner than human doctors and makes better diagnoses. Thomas Germain / Gizmodo, Quartz, 19 Mar. 2024 While lawyers and journalists must be clinical in their work, which can sometimes appear to be terse and uncaring bedside manner, therapists and mental health professionals can fill a gap, making sure that people feel cared for on an emotional level. Ariella Steinhorn, Fortune, 13 Mar. 2024 After graduating with a literature degree from a state school in Indiana, Cyrus is working part time for the university hospital as a medical actor, pretending to have terminal illnesses so that doctors-in-training can practice their bedside manner. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2024 My father had a great bedside manner with his patients, but his emotions came out on the golf course. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 Wiley, a physician trained in bedside manner, pointed out that there are often other dynamics to consider. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Nov. 2023 The authors of the study believe their findings show room for doctors to improve their bedside manner and could help medical professionals draft responses to patient questions. Breccan F. Thies, Washington Examiner, 1 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bedside manner was in 1848

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“Bedside manner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

bedside manner

: the manner that a physician assumes toward patients
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