Mind and Medicine: Toward #Care in #Medicine and Dentistry by working with #Emotional Intelligence


To enlarge the medicine and dentistry vision to embrace the impact of emotions, two large implications of the scientific findings must be taken to heart:
1- Helping people better manage their upsetting feelings – anger, anxiety, depression, pessimism and loneliness – is a form of disease prevention. One of the ways to do this would be to impart most basic emotional intelligence skills to children, so that they become long life habits. Another preventive strategy would be to teach emotion management to people reaching retirement age, since emotional well-being is one factor that determines whether an older person decline rapidly or thrives.
2- Many patients can benefit measurably when their psychological needs are attended to along with their purely medical ones. Emotional care is an opportunity too often lost in the way medicine is practiced today ; it is blind spot for medicine
Though more and more patients seek a more humane medicine, it is becoming endangered. The changing culture of medicine itself, as it becomes more responsive to the imperatives of business, is making such care increasingly difficult to find.
On the other hand, there may be a business advantages to humane medicine: treating emotional distress in patients, early evidence suggests, can save money- especially to the extent that it prevents or delays the onset of sickness, or helps patients heal more quickly. Such care also makes patients more satisfied with their physicians and medical treatment. In the emerging medical marketplace , where patients often have the option to choose between competing health plans , satisfaction level will not doubt enter the equation of thses very personal decisions souring experiences can lead patients to go elsewhere for care , while pleasing ones translate into loyalty.
Finally, medical ethics may demand such an approach. There is a clear dimension that psychological factors like depression and social isolation distinguish diseases patients at highest risk means it would be unethical not to start trying to treat these factors.
If the findings on emotions and health mean anything, it is that medical care that neglects how people feel as they battle a chronic or severe disease is no longer adequate. it is time for medicine to take more methodical advantage of the link between emotion and health. Compassion as one patient put it in an open letter to his surgeon, ‘’ is not mere hand holding. It is good medicine’’.

Adapted from: Goleman, D., Goleman, D. and Goleman, D. (2004). Emotional intelligence. London: Bloomsbury.

About the Editor:
Dr.Hisham M Safadi (Hisham Safadi ) BDS & MSc Leadership and Management in Health Care Practice the University of Salford where his Master dissertation was in the effect of Emotional Intelligence on improving Dentistry care in Middle East. He was born and raised in the Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. Dr.Safadi had start his professional career as a dentist then turn to the field of managing medical facilities and investment management. His main interest is business start-up, leadership and mentoring. Currently he is leading several projects in Manchester that is related to enhance patient experience and improving leadership style through education.
Twitter: @hishamsafadi

1- Goleman, D., Goleman, D., & Goleman, D. 2004. Emotional intelligence. London: Bloomsbury. Pages (183-185)

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One Comment

  1. It’s a very smart study, and take ideas very important, and can scent habits that contribute to the treatment of the patient with a high too, and take the right decisions. Finally, please let us know all about the new research and studies in order to work correctly.



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