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.
Bains S, Egede LE. Mediators of Patient-Physician Communication Discrepancies. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(5):475-476. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.51