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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 86-93

Patient physician interaction

Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Gourdas Choudhuri
Department of Gastroenterology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow - 226 014
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9747.162158

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Effective interaction and communication between doctor and patient is a central clinical function that cannot be delegated. Besides, the information and evidence which is generated by a proper interaction and communication, to individualize and tailor the treatment for each patient of Hepatitis B, the way patients' perceive their connection with their physician significantly influences their sense of satisfaction and level of concern about their health. A good effective, empathic physician-patient communication leads to improved patient compliance, better clinical outcomes and reduction in "doctor-shopping" and malpractice litigations. It has now been established that problems in doctor-patient interaction and communication are extremely common and adversely affect patient management. It has been repeatedly shown that the clinical skills needed to improve these problems can be taught and that the subsequent benefits to medical practice are demonstrable, feasible on a routine basis, and enduring. Improvement in the care of hepatitis B patients, it is essential that patient physician interaction is optimal in view of the prolonged duration of therapy and uncertainty of outcome of therapy in these cases. This unique essay sheds light on the strategies which the physicians need to adopt to improve patient physician interaction.

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