Poor Communication. (Policy & Practice).
Americans are more likely than those in other industrialized countries to report communication difficulties with their physicians. A
Commonwealth Fund survey that compared patients in five industrialized
countries found that 31% of U.S. respondents said they left a
physician's office without getting important questions answered,
compared with 21% of those in Australia and 19% of those in the United
Kingdom (Health Affairs, 22:106-21, 2003). U.S. patients also were
less likely than other patients to fob low a physician's orders. A
high proportion of respondents from all of the countries reported that
their physicians didn't ask for their ideas or opinions about
treatment. Patients in New Zealand and Canada also were surveyed.