Doctor-patient communication

General Practice

Head of Institute:
Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Kühlein

Doctor-patient communication

What it is about?

In this project we will focus on communication between patient and practitioner. High quality communication is able to decrease or prevent unnecessary medicine. Patients enter the consultation with ideas about their illness and it is essential for the doctor to reveal these through a patient-centered communication. However, there is a lack of communication training in current post- and undergraduate teaching.

What are we planning to do?

In a cluster-randomized study we plan to assess the impact of doctor-patient communication on the quality of care. In addition, simple support tools will be developed to implement improved communication in the every-day practice.

Project partners

This study will be carried out by the Institute of General Practice in close cooperation with the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, and the Chair for Health Care Management.

Contact Research

Institute of General Practice - Research

Dr. phil. Susann Hueber

Universitätsstr. 29
91054 Erlangen