Enhancing working relationships between parents and surgeons.

Seminars in pediatric surgery

PubMedID: 23870207

DeMaso DR, Bujoreanu IS. Enhancing working relationships between parents and surgeons. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2013;22(3):139-43.
The working relationship between parents and surgeons is fundamental in providing excellent health care to children and adolescents. The breakdown of this working relationship has a significant potential for detrimental effects on individual well-being and adverse systemic outcomes. Collaborative, deferential, and problematic partnership types of family participation in medical decision-making are important models to understand in enhancing and maintaining successful working relationships. A pragmatic approach involving prevention, recognition, and resolution steps is outlined that can help surgeons to avoid as well as to respond effectively to difficult and stressful interactions with parents.