1.8 Objectivity

Conducting an objective and impartial evaluation should not preclude the evaluator from being empathic. It is essential for clinicians to maintain the professional boundaries and at the same time to acknowledge the pain and distress that they observe. The clinician should communicate their understanding of the individual’s pain and suffering and adopt a supportive, non-judgmental approach. Clinicians need to be sensitive and empathic in their questioning while remaining objective in their clinical assessment.