Between Patient and Physician

  • Klea D. Bertakis


The interaction between patient and physician is widely recognized as central to the delivery of health care services. Previous studies have demonstrated that physician behavior during the medical encounter is directly related to such patient outcomes as satisfaction, recall of information given, and compliance.1–9 Research in physician-patient communication has emanated from several academic disciplines including sociology, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, economics, law, and clinical medicine, suggesting that the physician-patient relationship is important to human society from a variety of perspectives.10 This interdisciplinary research is inevitably disjointed because no single study can possibly be comprehensive. It is further fragmented because few fully developed models exist to integrate the studies.


Patient Satisfaction Family Physician Medical Encounter Patient Recall Practice Style 
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