Physicians' psychosocial beliefs correlate with their patient communication skills

Wendy Levinson, Debra Roter

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OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between physicians' beliefs about the psychosocial aspects of patient care and their routine communication with patients. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: Fifty community primary care physicians participating in a continuing medical education program and 473 of their patients in Portland, Oregon. METHODS: Routine office visits were audiotaped and analyzed for communication behaviors and emotional tone using the Roter Interactional Analysis System (RIAS). Physician beliefs about psychosocial aspects of care were measured using a self-report questionnaire with a five-point Likert scale. Attitudes were correlated with communication behaviors using the Pearson correlation coefficient. RESULTS: Physicians' attitudes toward psychosocial aspects of care were associated with both physician and patient dialogue in visits. The physicians who had positive attitudes used more statements of emotion (i.e., empathy, reassurance) (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-379
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Volume10
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1995

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Communication
Physicians
Office Visits
Continuing Medical Education
Primary Care Physicians
Self Report
Patient Care
Emotions

Keywords

  • attitudes
  • physician- patient communication
  • physicians
  • psychosocial aspects of care

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  • Internal Medicine

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Physicians' psychosocial beliefs correlate with their patient communication skills. / Levinson, Wendy; Roter, Debra.

In: Journal of General Internal Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 7, 07.1995, p. 375-379.

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