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Title: Comparing doctor-elderly patient communication between traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine encounters : data from China
Authors: Jin, Y 
Tay, D 
Keywords: Elderly patients
Lifestyle and psychosocial topics
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Western medicine
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd.
Source: Communication and medicine, 2017, v. 14, no. 2, p. 121-134 How to cite?
Journal: Communication and medicine 
Abstract: Effective doctor-patient communication has been widely endorsed as pivotal for optimal medical care and the building of a positive and lasting relationship between caregivers and patients. While the literature suggests that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctors have better interpersonal skills than Western medicine (WM) doctors, and that the doctor-patient relationship in TCM is more lasting, a comparison of specific communication behaviors in both encounters has not yet been carried out. This paper examines the similarities and differences in communication behaviors between these two types of consultations in relation to doctor-elderly patient communication. Forty-five consultations were included for analysis using the Roter Interaction Analysis System (RIAS). Significant differences were found in communication behaviors at the level of lifestyle and psychosocial exchanges, type of questions, non-medical small talk, and emotional disclosure. The study's limitations and implications are discussed.
ISSN: 1612-1783
EISSN: 1613-3625
DOI: 10.1558/cam.31872
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