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A researcher's prescription for better health care: A dose of humility for doctors, nurses and clinicians

By Barret Michalec, Research Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University
Better health care for patients begins with humility – a term not often associated with medicine.

I witnessed displays of humility firsthand eight years ago, the night my son was born, in the way the doctor and doula worked together to deliver our baby.

Neither tried to assert dominance over the other. Instead, they openly communicated with each other, respected each other’s roles, trusted each other and worked as a team. And what was most meaningful to us – they included my wife on that team by actively listening to her and putting her needs at the forefront.

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