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Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Focuses on the patient-provider relationship and its social, cognitive, attitudinal, behavioral, and clinical correlates. Discusses communication during the medical encounter; professional preparation and socialization; patient expectations for care and emerging consumerist trends; and evaluation of physician performance in relation to patient and provider outcomes. Emphasizes patient recall, compliance, utilization, and clinical outcomes.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss theoretical models of the patient-provider relationship
Describe the effect of patient identity characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity and culture, age, health status and literacy on physician-patient communication
Describe the effect of physician identity characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity and culture, and experience on physician-patient communication
Gain insight into the lived experience of patients and physicians through the reading of a “patient pathography” and analysis of the power of narratives
Explain the structure and functions of the medical visit and the nature of the medical dialogue in routine medical care from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective
Discuss patient and physician interventions to enhance the medical dialogue and effectiveness of care

Methods of Assessment: Two brief papers
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail