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Physician–Patient Communication

Interactions between physicians and patients are dyadic encounters in which two people communicate for the purpose of meeting shared goals. Communication between physicians and patients is multifaceted; many factors influence how the interchange progresses and is experienced by each party. Particular characteristics of physician or patient can play a role in physician–patient communication; these include gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health status, and health literacy. Physician–patient communication involves elements of verbal and nonverbal communication that can influence the patient's ability to adhere to medical recommendations as well as patient satisfaction with medical care.

Physician–patient communication is a form of science communication in that the patient needs to understand both a condition and associated treatment options to participate fully in making an informed decision as well as ...

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