Healthcare, involving the patient, their family members, and the treating physician/surgeon, is considered an intensely interpersonal phenomenon. If children are affected with a problem, be it a malocclusion or malformation, it is not only them, but the whole family that is affected. How the family perceives the problem will determine the outcome of the illness/problem. The treating doctor must build a proper relationship and partnership with the family, and understand the patient's living environment, values, and beliefs. Knowing these, the doctor can identify the possibilities and challenges that might appear during treatment and intervention. Recognizing that partnership is built on respect, good and honest communication, and mutual trust is imperative. It should focus on what is best for the child, and the professionals and parents must be honest and sensitive toward each other.
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