The Doctor-Patient Relationship Referral to the Sexologist and How to Be Understood by Patients

  • Elena Vittoria Longhi
  • Giorgio Franco
  • Fulvio Colombo


Communication with patients is often considered inherent to the professionalism of the doctor and consequent to the character and personality of the surgeon. Communicating requires a review of one’s verbal and nonverbal style and of one’s way of being. Unlike therapists, surgeons are not required to study their clinical style and to refine their weaker sides. Clinical practice, teamwork, and patient feedback teach us to have a modicum of humility regarding our expertise.


Surgeon-patient communication First visit Communication in the medical team Referral to psychosexologist Patient satisfaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Vittoria Longhi
    • 1
  • Giorgio Franco
    • 2
  • Fulvio Colombo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Urology Sexual Medical CenterSan Raffaele HospitalMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of UrologySapienza UniversityRomeItaly
  3. 3.Andrology UnitSant’Orsola University HospitalBolognaItaly

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