Table 1

Themes, Subthemes, and Codes

Gnostic experienceFrom the Greek gnostikos, meaning “one who knows,” as related to the mind, reason, and judgment.Doctor as detective
Being thorough
Following clues
Planning next steps
Old-school doctor
What if?
Pathic experienceFrom pathos, meaning “suffering or passion.” Relates to personal presence, relational perceptiveness, emotional awareness, and embodied experience of the senses.Relational experience
Temporal experience
Corporeal experience
Expected by patients
Reassured patients
Contributed to the relationship
Routines and personal style
Laying on of hands
Slowing of time
Physical reactions
Never leave you
Knowing normal