Handbook of Health Behavior Research II: Provider by M. Robin DiMatteo (auth.), David S. Gochman (eds.)

By M. Robin DiMatteo (auth.), David S. Gochman (eds.)

Volume 2 discusses the connection among sufferer and caregiver when it comes to structural and interactional determinants. The impression of supplier features on "compliance" and "adherence" is given specially noteworthy remedy. every one quantity beneficial properties broad supplementary and integrative fabric ready by means of the editor, the distinctive index to the full four-volume set, and a word list of wellbeing and fitness habit terminology.

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1993). When patients cannot assert their preferences to their physicians, they often privately make plans for their own medical well-being, even to the point of making decisions not to adhere to medical regimens (Donovan & Blake, 1992; Hayes- PART I • OVERVIEW Bautista, 1976). Noncompliance may be an active coping strategy to restore a lost sense of control (Rodin & Janis, 1979). Empirical research has borne out these predictions, and the consensus of this research on outcomes is that patients benefit greatly from taking an active role in their medical-care choices (R.

Ing, and the problem is unlikely to threaten the patient's future health or span oflife, it is possible that correction of the problem would constitute unnecessary medical treatment. , 1993). It is necessary that complete information be communicated to the patient so that the patient can exercise the ultimate right to decide whether RESOLVING THE DIFFERING PERSPECTIVES OF PHYSICIAN AND PATIENT Research on medical decision making points to the need for continued, detailed theoretical development and empirical examination of several elements of physician-patient communication.

Importantly, there is empirical evidence that the interpersonal sensitivity of physicians is positively correlated with technical skills as a physician (DiMatteo & DiNicola, 1981); technical skill does not appear to be sacrificed in the development of the capacity to respond to patients' feelings. BARRIERS TO EFFECfIVE PROVIDERPATIENT COMMUNICATION Despite considerable evidence that effective physician -patient communication provides many advantages to the therapeutic relationship, the practice of medicine today involves limitations in and physician control of information exchange.

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