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Questions About Physician-Patient Communication
- 1.Which one of the following is true about a patientcentered interview?
- a.It takes more time than a physician-centered interview
- b.It elicits only psychosocial information about the patient
- c.It uses continuers to allow patients to express all their concerns
- d.It is applicable only to an extended visit, such as a general medical examination
- e.It means only the patient determines the agenda
- 2.Which one of the following best describes why the physician interrupts the patient during a physician-centered interview?
- a.The patient has disclosed all his or her concerns
- b.About 18 seconds of the interview has passed
- c.The patient is rambling
- d.The physician wants to clarify and check understanding of information
- e.The physician wants to express empathy and concern
- 3.Which one of the following describes the key functions of the medical interview?
- a.Diagnosis and treatment
- b.Information gathering and patient education
- c.Information gathering, relationship building, and patient education
- d.Information gathering and patient partnership
- e.Diagnosis and patient compliance
- 4.Which one of the following is the optimal approach for giving the patient information during the medical interview?
- a.Provide printed material about the patient's condition
- b.Explain the condition and treatment carefully
- c.Answer the patient's questions carefully
- d.Use an ask-tell-ask format
- e.Be brief and concise
- 5.Which one of the following is true regarding the patient-centered interview?
- a.It has no effect on malpractice claims
- b.It can improve health outcomes
- c.It improves patient satisfaction but not physician efficiency
- d.It is a consumerist approach
- e.It does not affect patient compliance
A question-and-answer section appears at the end of this article.