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Patient Educ Couns. 2003 May;50(1):3-4.

Consumer/provider communication research: directions for development.

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Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, National Cancer Institute, 6130 Executive Boulevard, EPN 4084, MSC 7365, Bethesda, MD 20892-7326, USA.


Communication between health care providers and consumers is a critical part of effective health care delivery. Yet, the strategic use of interpersonal communication in health care delivery is most complex, multifaceted, and often problematic, necessitating careful study of the communication process in health care to increase understanding and help improve health communication practices. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored an expert symposium on consumer/provider communication research to examine progress and identify gaps in the research literature on doctor/patient communication. This paper and this special issue of Patient Education and Counseling reviews several of the key perspectives and suggestions presented at the symposium for directing future research and applications concerning consumer/provider communication.

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