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Patient Educ Couns. 2005 Jun;57(3):308-14.

Preferences for medical collaboration: patient-physician congruence and patient outcomes.

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Department of Psychology, La Sierra University, 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515-8247, USA.

Abstract

Patient participation in medical care and in decision-making is generally viewed as a precursor to positive health outcomes. Patient participation is not always possible or desirable, however, and not all patients want to take an active part in their own medical care. This study examines the degree to which physician-patient congruence in preference for patient involvement is related to self-reported satisfaction, adherence, and health. Results indicate that when patients and their doctors share similar beliefs about patient participation, patient outcomes tend to be more positive, with highest satisfaction found in cases in which both patient and physician desire more patient involvement.

PMID:
15893213
DOI:
10.1016/j.pec.2004.08.006
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