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Patient and Relationship-Centered Communication and Medicine

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

The model of patient-centered/relationship-centered care is based on a philosophy of shared power between health providers (usually physicians) and patients. The extent to which there is a distinction between patient-centered and relationship-centered health care is considered by some researchers as an important shift in the development of the construct, where the term relationship-centered care is the more recent development and acknowledges the mutual interaction between patients and clinicians as central to the delivery of health care. Other researchers continue to use the term patient-centered care with similar conceptual meaning as relationship-centered care. Thus, patient-centered care also focuses on patient behavior as vital to medical care, research, education, and delivery. Organizations involved in the transformation of health care delivery may be more likely to use the ...

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