Reciprocity in the Medical Encounter

  • Debra L. Roter


Respect for the therapeutic power of the physician—patient relationship was well noted in antiquity and has been recognized in modern times. However, it is only since the mid-1960s that the actual dynamics of the therapeutic dialogue have been observed in any systematic manner. The evolution of methodological and technological sophistication has made observation and analysis easier over the years, and indeed, the number of empirical studies of physician—patient communication doubled between 1982 and 1987 to over 60 (Roter, Hall, & Katz, 1987a).


Interpersonal Skill Voice Quality Medical Encounter Task Behavior Task Dimension 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Debra L. Roter
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  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health EducationJohns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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