Doctor-Patient Communication: Clinical Implications of Social Scientific Research
JAMA. 1984 Nov 2; 252(17): 2441-2446.
A review is provided of the social science literature on doctor-patient communication, with emphasis on its implications for medical education and clinical practice. The transmission of information is related to characterisitics of patients (sex, education, social class, and prognosis), doctors (social class background, income, and perceptions of patients' desire for information), and the clinical situation (number of patients seen in a day). The role of doctors' nonverbal communication in affecting outcomes of care and the sociolinguistic structure of medical communication are also discussed. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Communication; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Doctors; Education; Evaluation; Females; Literature; Males; Medical Education; Patient Compliance; Patients; Physicians; Professional Patient Relationship; Prognosis; Research; Review; Science; Social Class; Social Dominance; Socioeconomic Factors; Survey; Terminally Ill;
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