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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[3]: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.
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Author:Silverman, Jennifer
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 15, 2003
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