Physician-Patient Communication

Judith A. Hall, Debra L. Roter

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2 Scopus citations


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940400
ISBN (Print)9780195342819
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • Communication
  • Patient care
  • Patient-centered medicine
  • Physician-patient relationship
  • Relationship-centered care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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