I don't usually cite the Daily Mail, but I think that this article provides interesting insights into some difficulties faced by doctors. I part company with the writer when he starts advocating: If the patient has clearly come in relation to physical problems, the focus should be on these unless the patient indicates that something psychological is underlying them. I would be tempted to tell a doc to mind his/her own business if s/he started asking about my relationships. If the doctor is going to ask about diet and sleep s/he should ensure that s/he is in fact up-to-date on the science relating to these, which rarely seems to be the case in my experience. As for patients being assertive, I think that most UK patients will know that that is pointless with a doctor who thinks that s/he is a god, and will just make him/her angry.