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Editor's Correspondence
Health Care Reform
March 14, 2011

Mediators of Patient-Physician Communication Discrepancies

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Center for Health Disparities Research, Charleston.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(5):475-476. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.51

The timely study by Olson and Windish1 demonstrated significant communication discrepancies between physicians and hospitalized patients in several aspects of care including patients' knowledge, communication regarding medication and treatment, and psychosocial interactions. Given their findings, the authors highlighted the need to identify solutions to improve communication and interpersonal skills.

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