Physician and patient perceptions of the physician explanations in medical encounters

Akihito Hagihara, Misato Odamaki, Koichi Nobutomo, Kimio Tarumi

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Although, in actual practice, physicians have to subjectively judge the level of the explanation that they provide, little is known about this judgment. Therefore, making use of 630 physician-patient pairs in Japan, we investigated the association between patient and physician evaluations of physician explanations of medical test results and diagnoses. We found that the physician's judgment does not always agree with that of the patient, with regard to the level of explanation necessary. In addition, we first identified factors relating to the accuracy of physician judgments with regard to their explanations to patients. More studies will be necessary to verify the present findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-105
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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