Patient-physician communication is integral in any health care interaction because it allows for patients to receive the best care possible. The communication that takes place between a patient and physician impacts a variety of things, including quality of care, satisfaction, trust, participation, and adherence to treatment. Therefore, it is important for patients to feel comfortable when communicating with their physicians. This comfort arises when patients feel like they can relate to their physician through similar racial backgrounds. This study examines the influence of race on patient-physician communication and highlights specific racial/ethnic groups that are affected. Results of this study indicate that certain features of the communication process allow for it to be more successful and that minority patients experience less communication with their physicians. Future research should be aimed at improving patient-physician communication for minorities as a whole.
|Commitee:||Reynolds, Grace, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
|Keywords:||Patient-physician communication, Racial background|
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