Women physicians are becoming more numerous, with the majority of active hospice and palliative medicine physicians under the age of 50 being women. While this trend has appropriately led to discussions of supporting, recruiting, and retaining women physicians, there is little literature about the effect of women physicians on patients. In particular, little has been written about the effect of a physician's pregnancy. Drawing on psychotherapeutic literature, the authors present seven cases illustrating how pregnancy of the palliative care physician affects patients and families. By recognizing the responses of patients and families and understanding the underlying meaning of the pregnancy, which drives those responses, palliative care physicians can utilize the pregnancy to select therapeutic interventions for the patient and family.
- patient-clinician relationship
- pregnant clinician
- pregnant physician
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine