Doctor-Patient Relationship in China: Influence of Relatives and Social Media


This summer, I conducted my fieldwork research at Xiangya hospital in Changsha, China, with two doctors, Dr. Peng Shifang and Dr. Li Yun. Both doctors were fellows at the Yale School of Public Health, under the Yale bioethics program. My research is centered around the doctor-patient conflict in China, which was caused by the distrust of doctors amongst the Chinese population and led to violence against doctors. My research aims to find some of the factors that lead to this climate of distrust, tension and animosity between doctors and patients, by looking into the role of relatives as well as the role of social media, and even censorship in developing this relationship.