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University of California, Davis
Health communication is a broad field of applied communication that encompasses everything from national health campaigns to a discussion about a new diet between friends. One area that has been receiving an increasing amount of attention over the last few years is the communication between doctors and patients in the healthcare setting. It is natural to wonder how doctors manage to spend a majority of their time having difficult conversations with patients about the prognosis of disease and consequential lifestyle alterations. Questions may include the following:
How are institutions and individual doctors evaluated with respect to doctor-patient communication? What can health systems do to maximize the effectiveness of their health communication? What must individual doctors consider in order to tailor language and education to their patients? What is the patients responsibility in doctor-patient communication?
This resource curation seeks to provide a well-rounded, reliable collection of sources to answer these questions about doctor-patient communication.
created May 15, 2016
updated May 16, 2016