Doctor Patient Communication with One-on-One Analysis
Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations at J. Flowers Health Institute
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Table of Contents
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
What Do Patients Say They Want?
What's Wanted with Administrative Communication
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 patients' 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 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
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
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.