410.652.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
M 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Debra Roter
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • discuss theoretical models of the patient-provider relationship
    • describe the effect of patient identity characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity and culture, age, health status and literacy on physician – patient communication
    • describe the effect of physician identity characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity and culture, and experience on physician – patient communication
    • gain insight into the lived experience of patients and physicians through the reading of a “patient pathography” and analysis of the power of narratives
    • explain the structure and functions of the medical visit and the nature of the medical dialogue in routine medical care from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective
    • discuss patient and physician interventions to enhance the medical dialogue and effectiveness of care
  • Course Description
    Focuses on the patient-provider relationship and its social, cognitive, attitudinal, behavioral, and clinical correlates. Discusses communication during the medical encounter; professional preparation and socialization; patient expectations for care and emerging consumerist trends; and evaluation of physician performance in relation to patient and provider outcomes. Emphasizes patient recall, compliance, utilization, and clinical outcomes.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Two brief papers
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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