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Love, Fear, and a Leap into the Dark
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Abstract:

The act of vaccination of children has inflamed passions in various spheres with many parents standing in opposition to physicians, especially pediatricians, when it comes to issues of informed consent and the best interests of the child. What is remarkable is that, whatever stance is being advocated for in these narratives, there can be no question that every writer comes to their conclusion based upon their love of children. In order to enhance dialogue and capitalize upon this realm of common interest, the author calls upon physicians to look at what, beyond evidence–based science, motivates them to do what they do and to utilize interactional skills that are more commonly used by theater professionals, specifically the “Yes &” response of improvisational theater, to enhance connection with families and establish a trust relationship.