Doctor Patient Communication with One-on-One Analysis
Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations at J. Flowers Health Institute
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A cornerstone of successful treatment is a good doctor-patient relationship. During one-on-one analysis, underlying issues are explored and worked through. This type of analysis between doctor and patient is typically part of a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation.
The Importance of the Doctor-Patient Relationship
What Patients Want in a Doctor
Patients have certain expectations of their doctors. Each patient has certain convictions about various treatment methods as well as expectations about the outcome. Just as the symptoms differ from person to person for the same issues, so do expectations. It’s key to a successful doctor-patient relationship for the doctor to determine what a patient wants in his or her doctor.
What Do Patients Say They Want?
Partnership: Patients prefer doctors who work with them rather than feel things are being done to them. This means patients get details on their conditions, treatments, and how treatment will progress from the initial assessment.
Communication: Two-way communication between doctor and patient is important, especially during the initial consultation. Seeing a doctor for the first time, especially in the early, fragile stages of recovery, can be intimidating and sometimes scary. Patients may be entering new and unfamiliar territory, and sometimes this can interfere with understanding the doctor, or being simply overwhelmed where they can’t process what the doctor is saying. Conversely, doctors may be unable to understand a patient’s troubles or explanations of symptoms.
What's Wanted with Administrative Communication
Some additional items that patients say they want includes:3
One-on-One Analysis Helps the Patient and the Doctor
How a Patient Helps a Doctor During One-on-One Analysis
- Being on time for all appointments
- Be able to clearly state their symptoms (a written journal can help)
- Have a history of their mental health issues and/or substance use patterns such as:
- When symptoms started
- How symptoms interfere with life, job, or personal relationships
- If there are any associated symptoms that could indicate a coexisting condition
- Any prior diagnosis data
- Any prior treatments
- When interrupted, respectfully asking the doctor to stop talking and listen to concerns
- Asking the doctor what are his or her expectations
How a Doctor Helps a Patient During One-on-One Analysis
One of the most important ways a doctor can help a patient during one-on-one analysis is by building trust from the start and throughout the sessions. Trust helps a patient feel safe.
Expressing respect and warmth is key. Also, the doctor should be genuinely interested and curious when working with a new patient.
All preconceived notions about a patient should be put aside. Matters relating to cultural backgrounds or spiritual beliefs that may be important to the patient should be allowed in a free and open discussion. The patient should feel that both doctor and patient are on a joint exploration through the patient's history, life experiences, and current symptoms.
Essential to good communication during one-on-one analysis is doctor empathy. It is important for a doctor to be empathetic to the patient's issues and problems. It helps patients feel like they have "been heard."
Doctors who communicate well non-verbally help foster positive treatment outcomes. Simple things like smiling, maintaining eye contact, keeping a relaxed and open posture, using a moderate tone of voice, and not being "in a hurry" all go a long way in helping patients during one-on-one analysis.
Three Models of Doctor Patient Relationships
Mutual Participation Model
The mutual participation model sees the doctor-patient relationship as an equal partnership. The patient is seen as the expert in his or her goals and life experiences, which makes patient involvement necessary for treatment development. The doctor’s part is to obtain the patient’s goals and to help the patient reach these goals. This model specifies that within the equal partnership is mutual dependence and engagement in activities that are satisfying to both patient and doctor.
In most one-on-one analysis situations, mutual participation would most likely be the most effective.
The Importance of Doctor-Patient Communication
What are the Best Doctor-Patient Communication Practices?
- Foster the relationship
- Gather information
- Provide information
- Make shared decisions
- Respond to emotions
- Enable disease- and treatment-related behavior
Research suggests that patient satisfaction with doctors depended on how the doctor behaved carrying out tasks (such as drawing outpatient concerns by actively listening and providing detailed information) without being overly “bossy”. Patient satisfaction increased when tasks were carried out and then feedback was requested (as in: Does the patient understand what is being discussed? Is the information compatible with the patient’s cultural and spiritual beliefs?)5
Patient satisfaction increased when there were good nonverbal skills displayed by the doctor such as maintaining eye contact, high attention, and active listening.5
Also important was the doctor’s demeanor and affect (such as confident responses, caring, and addressing the patient’s main concerns).
How One-on-One Doctor-Patient Analysis Improves Treatment
Good Communication Leads to Good Outcomes
Good Communication Leads to Good Outcomes
Examples of Ways Doctors Can Communicate Well
Avoid closed-ended questions like “Do you have a good relationship with your partner?” Instead, ask an open-ended question like “What kind of a relationship do you have with your partner?”
A doctor who states their impressions of the patient can help open the lines of communication. A simple observation may help the patient open up. One example of stating an impression is “You seem upset with your partner today.”
Doctor: “I understand.” The doctor also makes eye contact and nods.
Examples of Poor Communication Leading to Poor Outcomes
Research findings suggest patients of doctors with high malpractice claims have twice as many communication complaints compared to doctors with low malpractice claims. Also, studies find that there is a link between poor patient and physician communication and future malpractice claims.5
Being a Helpful Patient
Being a Better Doctor
Better Outcomes with One-on-One Analysis
Communication is critical at any stage of care, such as diagnosis, treatment, and advice, making positive and productive conversations a necessity. Both the doctor and the patient should make efforts to have a good relationship and always communicate effectively to help reach their desired goals and results.
Because communication between doctor and patient is critical, getting a one-on-one analysis with your doctor can improve your treatment and is a part of an effective comprehensive diagnostic evaluation.