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Information Sharing

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

Sharing information with patients and empowering their role in the management of their health are recognized as fundamental practices of patient-centered health care providers and indispensable elements of quality in health communication and health care delivery. Providing information in terms patients understand about the diagnostic tests, the diagnosis, the prognosis, and the treatment options and their advantages or side effects has been associated with a number of benefits for both the physician and the patient. Patients who receive medical information are more likely to have increased satisfaction with the consultation, to have a higher level of trust in their physician, to adhere to the treatment plan, and therefore to have more favorable clinical outcomes. Moreover, informed patients are expected to have more realistic expectations of ...

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