By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What is the most important part of medical care? It is a very interesting question and one that is asked quite often. Unfortunately, there is not one set answer or one simple solution. There are many options out there.

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For instance, clinical skills and judgment. A physician needs experience and knowledge to weed through all of the potential health issues linked to a patient’s complaint.

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Another is technology. Without CT scans or MRIs and the wide variety of tools out there, modern medicine would not be possible.

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As for me, my answer has always been the same; a sense of caring. If your doctor is empathetic and compassionate, it can help remove countless obstacles and lead to high quality care which I believe most patients want.