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West Indian Med J. 2009 Sep;58(4):357-61.

Patient-physician communication.

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Sickle Cell Unit, Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies. monika.parshadasnani@uwimona.edu.jm

Abstract

Extensive research has shown that no matter how knowledgeable the physician might be, if he/she is not able to open good communication channels with the patient, he/she may be of no help to the latter Despite this known fact and the fact that a patient-physician consultation is the most widely performed 'procedure' in a physician's professional lifetime, effective communication with the patient has been found to be sadly lacking. This review article seeks to discuss 'the what', 'the why' and 'the how' of doctor-patient communication.

PMID:
20099777
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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