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J Fam Pract. 1993 Oct;37(4):377-88.

Perspectives on patient-doctor communication.

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  • 1Program for Biopsychosocial Study, Highland Hospital, Rochester, New York.


Until recently, the content, structure, and function of communication between doctors and patients has received little attention and has been excluded from the realm of scientific inquiry; as a result, most clinicians have had little formal training in communication skills. In this paper leaders in doctor-patient communication present four approaches that are currently used as the basis for clinical training and research, summarize the progress made in forming a consensus, and outline the implications of these perceptions for practicing physicians.

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