In a blog post titled "The Decline and Fall of the Doctor-Patient Relationship,"Paul Keckley discusses the expectations and needs of both parties in the US medical system. The article doesn't address the relationship between doctors and patients suffering from chronic illnesses, particularly one that is as poorly understood as ME/CFS.
The physician-patient relationship is a bedrock of the U.S. health system. Strong relationships are associated with higher ratings for physicians and better outcomes for patients but there's a catch.
In Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price Senate confirmation and many times since, he has vowed his administration will seek to restore that relationship. But what patients associate with a strong relationship is increasingly at odds with how physicians think. And the gap between the two seems to be widening.