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J Clin Epidemiol. 2012 Jan;65(1):10-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2011.05.011.

An overview of 19 instruments assessing the doctor-patient relationship: different models or concepts are used.

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Department of Primary and Community Medicine, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. R.Eveleigh@ELG.UMCN.NL

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The doctor-patient relationship has been linked to patient satisfaction, treatment adherence, and treatment outcome. Many different instruments have been developed to assess this relationship. The large variety makes it difficult to compare results of different studies and choose an instrument for future research. This review aims to provide an overview of the existing instruments assessing the doctor-patient relationship.

STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING:

We performed a systematic search in PubMed, PsychInfo, EMBASE, and Web of Science for questionnaires measuring the doctor-patient relationship. We appraised each instrument ascertaining the questionnaires focused on the doctor-patient relationship. We compared the content and psychometric characteristics of the instruments.

RESULTS:

We found 19 instruments assessing the doctor-patient relationship. The instruments assess a variety of dimensions and use diverse conceptual models for the doctor-patient relationship. The instruments found also vary in terms to which they have been psychometrically tested.

CONCLUSION:

We have provided an overview of 19 instruments assessing the doctor-patient relationship. The selection of an instrument for future research should be based on the model or conceptual basis of the doctor-patient relationship that is most applicable to the study objectives and the health care field in which it will be applied.

PMID:
22118265
DOI:
10.1016/j.jclinepi.2011.05.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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