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Through a review of previous studies and through their own work the authors demonstrate inadequacies of the present level of communication between patients and medical personnel. Patients know very little about their disease and its treatment and have misconceptions that might interfere with proper care. This is not because they do not want more information; the most common complaint of patients in a hospital is that they have not been told what they ought to know. This unsatisfactory level of communication may, in turn, contribute to a frequently observed failure of patients to follow their prescribed treatment regimen. As the
Communicating with the Patient.. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:260. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-1-260_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(1):260.
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