This Handbook provides an up-to-date discussion of the central issues in nonverbal communication and examines the research that informs these issues. Editors Valerie Manusov and Miles Patterson bring together preeminent scholars, from a range of disciplines, to reveal the strength of nonverbal behavior as an integral part of communication.

Nonverbal Communication and Physician-Patient Interaction: Review and New Directions

Nonverbal communication and physician-patient interaction: Review and new directions

Once considered to be an intangible aspect of “bedside manner,” the scientific study of nonverbal communication during visits between patients and medical physicians is now well documented. Research suggests that physicians' nonverbal behavior shapes participants' visit communication (e.g., patients' self-disclosure); ratings of physicians' rapport, dominance, and medical-technical skills; patients' satisfaction with physicians; patients' understanding and recall of visit information; and patients' adherence to physicians' medical recommendations. Physicians' nonverbal behavior is consequential in other ways as well. For example, both the accreditation of residency programs and the certification of physicians require assessment of physicians' competence in “interpersonal skills,” which involve “inherently relational” and “humanistic” aspects of nonverbal and ...

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