Apr 1, 1976

Communication patterns of doctors and their assistants

Medical Care
R L KaneA L Ryssman

Abstract

Communication patterns between physicians and their assistants (Medex) were observed in 19 practices to describe and evaluated the nature of their relationship. Observations demonstrated that interaction around patient problems was approximately 30 minures per day and informal, with the Medex more often initiating the contact. Medex were more likely to ask for, and physicians were more likely to give, suggestions. Physicians appeared to regard the accomplishment of the immediate task as more important than maintaining good relations. In most practices, supervision was available when requested. Generally, both the physician and the Medex show a striking similarity in communication styles.

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Physicians
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Etiquette, Medical
Patient Referral
Verbal Behavior

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