BALINT GROUP – AID TO GENERAL PRACTITIONER
Summary. Professional education of general practitioner is mainly focused on biomedical aspects of treating somatic diseases, while psychological components of somatic diseases, as well as doctor-patient relationship, are generally neglected. General practitioner is in healing process daily exposed to considerable frustrations in relationships with patients. Some frustrations stem from unrecognized and neglected psychological and emotional aspects of somatic diseases which manifest in the doctor- patient relationship. The aim of this work is to show that Balint group can enhance general practitioner’s professional capability, as well as his professional satisfaction, teaching him how to recognize psychological needs and problems which are integral part of somatic diseases and doctor-patient relationship as well.