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 He was recognized for his medical expertise, professionalism and friendly bedside manner, all of which have allowed his patients to feel at ease in his care., 11 Sep. 2021 Levin focuses on hiring folks with much better bedside manner, types who won’t judge if a person comes in hunting for a Barry Manilow or Justin Bieber LP. Rodney Ho, ajc, 13 Aug. 2021 Rhonda Lee was tough, but nothing compared with Aunt Lindsey—who, well, doesn't quite have the best bedside manner. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 10 Aug. 2021 If Luka doesn’t like Carlisle as much, well, Uncle Ricky has lasted 19 seasons as a head coach mostly because of his smarts, not his bedside manner. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 17 June 2021 Perhaps, the increase in stress levels is manifesting itself in the support technician’s bedside manner. Jeffrey Ton, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Through it all, Dr. Koven never quite loses the genteelness of bedside manner. Laura Kolbe, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Every doctor has a different bedside manner with injectables, and COVID has introduced an entirely new set of protocols, precautions, and expectations. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 14 Apr. 2021 Later, Grace lays in bed, picturing Jonathan providing incredible care and bedside manner for an adorable young child with cancer. Derek Lawrence,, 26 Oct. 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 25 Sep. 2021.

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bedside manner


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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