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Reviewing research on the patient practitioner relationship A variety of studies have explored the patient practioner relationship. In this review article I will look at the findings from a range of studies and explore how this can be used by University medical schools in the training of students. McKinstry and Wangs study, conducted in 1991, found that patients had a higher level on confidence in Doctors and health professional that maintained professional dress codes as opposed to Doctors who attended consultations dressed informally. When training medical students it would be useful to inform them that appearance can be a significant factor in reassuring a patient. ...read more.

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Whilst this may be a reason not to incorporate verbal communication in medical students training, the research of DiMatteo and DiNicola found that verbal communication could be improved substantionally with an improvement in common courtesy - addressing people by their name for example and so it may be useful to reiterate the importance of good manners to medical students. Edelman conducted a study in 2000 which looked at the different types of patient practitioner relationship. Edelman looked at doctor centred and patient centred communication styles and found - In a Doctor centred relationship: doctors approach is based around status and control, Doctor spends most of the time collecting information, the doctor asks either open or closed ...read more.

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The doctor is happy to listen and reflect aiming to discover the patients concerns and needs - adjusting their response to match. Whilst at first one is likely to assume that the best way to conduct a consultation is the patient centred relationship, Benbassat's research found that patients do not always prefer this method with two thirds of cancer patients preferring approaches from the docter centred approach. Patients with life threatening diseases often do not want to be involved in their treatment deicisons and so medical students should be advised to use their judgement and adopt a flexible approach in the way they treat patients in medical consulatations. ?? ?? ?? ?? Tyler O'Sullivan PJM ...read more.

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