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The influence of racial similarity on patient-physician communication
by Aleem, Alishba, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 37; 1527870
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'Lawrence, Henry
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
Publication Number: 1527870
ISBN: 978-1-303-98393-1
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