Examples of securebasing
The following quotes are from "The interpersonal experience of healthcare through the eyes of patients with diabetes" (Ciechanowski and Katon, Social Sciences and Medicine, 2006).
Of course, when she is sitting on the step that pulls out on the bottom of the examination table, you can’t help to think of her as a person… ‘Cause she’s kind of sitting down there. And that’s important. You know, body language is really important. She pulled that thing out, sat down. This is two times in a row!
And I feel comfortable saying I don’t have good coverage for a specific treatment…. “Can we consider something else?”…Whereas with the other doctor, I never would have thought about it, because he would be, “This is what I ordered and that’s what you’re going to be on.”
She finds something good no matter what. There’s not much when you get a bad report. She always finds some good in there. She works on the positive and I like that instead of always the negative, you know, like a lot of doctors do.
But somehow the way she approaches her practice of working with diabetic [patients]…at least for me, she has been able to communicate a sense of “I am bigger than this disease” and that together as a team this can be managed. And it’s not something that is so big and so powerful.
Uh, Doctor Z, I don’t know too well yet. But I feel comfortable in the fact that if I come with a question, no matter what it might be, I can ask.
He doesn’t just come in, do your treatment and leave. He kind of talks, you know, “How things going? Tell me about yourself”, and he has a fabulous memory. He remembers about those things that you tell him….I don’t know if it’s just a really good memory, or he puts notes in the chart, or whatever, but it’s just……he makes you feel comfortable coming in…. With my doctor who I have now, I feel like I can be my weird, twisted self and my doctor understands that.
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Hidden exchanges: Working with relationship styles to improve patient-provider relationships.
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As fundamental as nouns and verbs? Towards an integration of attachment theory in medical training
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- Ciechanowski P, Katon WJ, Russo JE, Walker EA.
- Ciechanowski P, Walker EA, Katon WJ, Russo J.
- Ciechanowski P, Katon W, Russo J, Dwight-Johnson MM.
- Ciechanowski PS, Hirsch IB, Katon WJ.
Working with interpersonal styles in the patient-provider relationship.
In: Practical Psychology for Diabetes Clinicians, Anderson BJ, Rubin RR (Eds.), American Diabetes Association, Second Edition, 2002.
- Thompson D, Ciechanowski PS.
Attaching a new understanding to the patient-physician relationship in family practice.
J Am Board Fam Pract. 2003;16(3):219-26.
- Ciechanowski P, Sullivan M, Jensen M, Romano J, Summers H.
The relationship of attachment style to depression, catastrophizing and health care utilization in patients with chronic pain.
- Ciechanowski P, Russo JE, Katon WJ, Walker EA.
Attachment theory in health care: The influence of relationship style on medical students’ specialty choice.
Med Educ. 2004;38(3):262-70.
- Ciechanowski P, Katon W, Russo J, Von Korff M, Ludman E, Lin E, Simon G, Bush T.
- Ciechanowski P, Katon W, Russo J.
The association of depression and perceptions of interpersonal relationships in patients with diabetes.
J Psychosomatic Med. 2005;58(2):139-44.
- Ciechanowski PS, Russo JE, Katon W, Von Korff M, Simon GE, Lin EHB, Ludman EJ, Young BA.
Association of patient relationship style and outcomes in collaborative care treatment for depression in patients with diabetes.
Med Care. 2006;44:283-291.
- Ciechanowski P, Katon W, Russo J, et al.
Where is the patient? The association of psychosocial factors with missed primary care appointments in patients with diabetes.
Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2006;28(1):9-17.
- Ciechanowski PS, Worley LM, Russo JE, Katon WJ.
- Ciechanowski PS, Katon WJ.
The interpersonal experience of health care through the eyes of patients with diabetes.
Soc Sci Med. 2006;63(12):3067-79.
- Sullivan MD, Ciechanowski PS, Russo JE, Soine LA, Jordan-Keith K, Ting HH, Caldwell JH.
Understanding why patients delay seeking care for acute coronary syndromes.
Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2009;2(3):148-54.
- Ciechanowski P, Russo J, Katon WJ, Lin EH, Ludman E, Heckbert S, Von Korff M, Williams LH, Young BA.
Relationship styles and mortality in patients with diabetes.
Diabetes Care. 2010;33(3):539-44.
Assessing patterns of adult attachment in medical patients.
Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2009;31(2):123-30.