Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Katie Gielissen, MD, MHS


The patient-provider relationship is an important component of chronic disease management. One key aspect of a positive patient-provider relationship is a healthcare provider’s “emotional intelligence,” one’s ability to recognize, understand, and manage their own as well as other’s emotions, which has a known positive effect on patient satisfaction. However, no studies have examined whether a healthcare provider’s emotional intelligence influences health outcomes in chronic disease. This study aims to determine whether glycemic control in adult patients with type II diabetes is correlated with a primary care provider’s emotional intelligence. Specifically, we will carry out a cross sectional study using retrospective data to determine the relationship between provider’s emotional intelligence on the Wong Law Emotional Intelligence Scale and their diabetic patients’ three most recent HbA1Cs. We hypothesize that higher emotional intelligence will be correlated with improved glycemic outcomes in patients with diabetes.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access