Physician–Patient Communication

Judith A. Hall and Debra L. Roter

in The Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342819
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Physician–Patient Communication


This chapter focuses on the various aspects of physician–patient communication. It begins with a discussion of relationship-centered medicine, which considers the relationship as part of the therapeutic picture, depending not just on the patient’s attributes (values, background, etc.) but also on those of the physician in a dynamic relation with the patient. It then discusses the theoretical and philosophical basis of the therapeutic relationship, the assessment of physician–patient communication, quantitative approaches to interaction analysis, correlates of physician–patient communication, and the clinical outcomes of communication.

Keywords: Physician–patient relationship; patient care; patient-centered medicine; communication; relationship-centered care

Article.  23115 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology

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