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

There are times where my bedside manner hasn’t been the best. Jonathan Jones,, "Dave Gettleman Doesn’t Care What You Think," 6 Aug. 2019 His bedside manner and his work ethic certainly distinguish him. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Car mechanic shifts gears, becomes a doctor at age 47 and helps address shortage of black doctors," 28 July 2019 The bedside manner of doctors, nurses and other caregivers is getting a boost from an unexpected source: artificial intelligence. Aili Mcconnon, WSJ, "Virtual Simulations Offer a Cure to Doctors’ Poor Bedside Manner," 1 Apr. 2019 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

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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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