ERIC Number: ED184192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Examination Room Conversation: A Physician's Perception.
Carek, Donald J.
Three functions of physician/patient communication are examined in this paper: its functions as a diagnostic tool, as a means of gaining compliance with prescribed medical treatment, and as treatment. The paper first notes the importance of doctor/parent interaction in the case of child patients, describes basic models of the doctor/patient relationship, and considers the roles of the doctor and of the patient. It then discusses the importance of communication as a diagnostic tool, stressing the need for the physician to attend closely to the early minutes of the physician/patient encounter and to take an active role in diagnosis. Next, the paper examines communication as a means of gaining compliance with medical treatment, discussing factors that enhance and impede compliance, general recommendations for the improvement of compliance, and ways doctors can approach the parents of child patients in a way that brings about compliance. In discussing communication as treatment, the paper observes that communication is likely to effect treatment if the physician demonstrates a warm, genuinely empathic approach and if the focus is on the patient; it also enumerates some specific ways in which communication offers treatment. The paper concludes by outlining areas that ought to be highlighted in training physicians for more effective communication. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 10-12, 1980). Photographs will not reproduce clearly.