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Disclosure: Providers and Patients

  • By: Kathryn Greene
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Interactions between providers and patients are central to treatment and prevention of many health conditions. In this interaction, the provider facilitates patients' sharing of personal information—a process studied under the label “disclosure.” Patients share their information face to face, on written or electronic medial forms such as the intake questionnaire, and increasingly in online contexts. This sharing can include, for example, current medications, medical and family health history, and/or past/present symptoms and treatment. Accurate and complete patient disclosure is crucial to diagnosis and treatment, yet more needs to be learned about how to facilitate this sharing efficiently yet thoroughly. Most of the disclosure focus lies within the history-taking segment of a consultation compared with the management-plan portion of the visit. This research generally focuses on ...

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