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Interpersonal Influence in Medical Care

East Baltimore
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Monday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Debra Roter

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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss theoretical models of the patient-provider relationship
  2. Describe the effect of patient identity characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity and culture, age, health status and literacy on physician-patient communication
  3. Describe the effect of physician identity characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity and culture, and experience on physician-patient communication
  4. Gain insight into the lived experience of patients and physicians through the reading of a “patient pathography” and analysis of the power of narratives
  5. 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
  6. Discuss patient and physician interventions to enhance the medical dialogue and effectiveness of care
Methods of Assessment:

Discussion forum posts, group presentation, discussion forum moderation, two brief papers

Instructor Consent:

No consent required