Communication Skills Training to Enhance Patient Adherence

  • R. Ellen PearlmanEmail author
  • Calvin Chou


Generations of physicians were assumed to possess effective communication skills. We now know this is not the case. Ample evidence demonstrates that physicians receive little training in this critical skill set, as measured by patient experience scores, visit length, disenrollment from practices, malpractice claims, and nonadherence to treatment. Fortunately, the weight of the data about communication skills training shows that training improves quality of care, outcomes, patient experience, and adherence. We review the literature in this burgeoning new field of study, describe effective methods of communication skills training, and report current ways of teaching and assessing trainees, using the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell as an exemplar.


Communication skills training Evidence-based research Enhancing adherence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/NorthwellHempsteadUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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