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Doctor-Patient Communication, Health Outcomes and Health Disparities

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Carol M. Ashton

From Michael E. OeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, US
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Abstract

Effective communication between doctor and patient forms the foundation of high-quality medical care. The best physician is one who provides state-of-the-art pharmacological and technological interventions to the patient in the context of a working relationship marked by information exchange, acknowledgement that the patient's views of the illness and its optimal treatment may differ from the physician's, and negotiation toward the achievement of shared goals.
How to Cite: 1. Ashton CM. Doctor-Patient Communication, Health Outcomes and Health Disparities. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2005;1(4):19-21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.14797/mdcvj.70
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Published on 01 Jan 2005.
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