Correlates of Family-Oriented Physician Communications

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

Family orientation in patient care has long been one of the primary tenets of the practice of family medicine. Yet we know surprisingly little about how frequently family-oriented transactions occur in actual doctor-patient encounters, or about what other aspects of physician communication patterns might be associated with increased family orientation. The purpose of this study was to investigate both frequency and correlates of family orientation in a residency-based practice.

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