Measuring attitudes of doctors: the doctor-patient (DP) rating

Med Educ. 1988 May;22(3):231-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1988.tb00012.x.


An attitude scale was devised to discriminate between the extremes of doctor-centred, disease-oriented as opposed to patient-centred, problem-oriented (the DP scale). Four groups of subjects (214 in all) were tested with a Likert-type questionnaire based on this scale. Significant differences in attitude between the groups were found. Educational implications are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Physicians*
  • Physicians, Family
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Students, Medical