Patient/physician communication: a comprehensive review of the medical literature, 1989 to 1998
Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
Leonard J. Deutsch
Patient/physician communication is recognized as an important topic in the medical literature. The subject has steadily been increasing in the frequency of reporting in the literature. After a comprehensive review of this literature, positive patient/physician communication has been clearly linked to improved patient and physician satisfaction, increased compliance with treatments, improved health outcomes, decreased risks of litigation, as well as creating a more caring, empathetic relationship. Yet despite these advantages, patient/physician communication does not occupy a significant portion of the medical school curriculum and styles of physician communication that promote positive patient/physician communication are not readily used. This study examines the medical literature during the 10-year period from 1989 through 1998 and categorizes and reviews the major themes presented in patient/physician communication.
Physician and patient.
Communication in medicine.
Rodgers, David L., "Patient/physician communication: a comprehensive review of the medical literature, 1989 to 1998" (1999). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1807.