Empowering the Communication Between Doctors and Patients
Dr. EIad Schiff, Chief of Internal and Complementary Medicine at Bnai Zion Medical Center won a prestigious grant from The German-Israeli Future Forum. The relationship between doctors and patients has been scientifically and statistically proven to have a significant impact on a patient’s health. This profound grant will provide critical funds for Dr. Schiff’s research which seeks to expand and empower communications between doctors and patients through complementary medicine. The project will include a total of sixteen medical students from a total of eight countries. This impressive cohort of international medical students will work together under the guidance of four seasoned mentors from the medical fields in both Israel and Germany.
The funding will establish two research groups with one working in Germany and the other working in Israel. The entire process will be showcased at international conventions and in professional journals as a golden example of cross-national collaboration in the growing medical field of the twenty-first century. Dr. Schiff stresses in his professional research and professional practice how the doctor and patient dynamic is of paramount importance to patient’s health. Positive and emphatic communication will increase patient s willingness to promote healthy lifestyle choices. The principles of the relationship between doctors and patients are studied at medical schools across the globe, however this emerging study does not include mediums of communication.
Dr. Schiff concludes that some areas in the complimentary or integrative medicine may also enrich the communication between doctor and patient. This is all bent around the belief that methods of body soul and touch have the ability to empower verbal and nonverbal communication. Dr. Schiff is a firm believer that methods like listening and non’-judgmental interactions, increasing the placebo effect, decreasing the placebo effect (hypnosis) and safe attendance during physical examination (shiatsu) etc., are powerful indicators of a healthy relationship which is likely to result in a healthy patient.
Because most complementary-based communication methods are not studied in medical schools, there is a giant need within the medical field for trailblazers like Dr. Schiff. With Dr. Schiff leading our charge to excellence, Bnai Zion Medical Center would like to be pioneers teaching the future doctors of Israel and Germany that could create life-saving relationships between patients and doctors.