bedside manner

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English[edit]

Nurse midwife Major Christine Gundel (right) checks on Monica McCoy, a patient at the Maternal Child Unit at the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, USA, before her Caesarean section

Etymology[edit]

bedside + manner, from the fact that doctors and nurses usually stand or sit at their patients’ bedsides when talking to them.

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Noun[edit]

bedside manner ‎(countable and uncountable, plural bedside manners)

  1. The ability of a doctor, medic, nurse, or other healthcare professional, to interact with his or her patients. [from 19th c.]

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