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Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients

Dennis Rosen


The health-care system in the United States is by far the most expensive in the world, yet its outcomes are decidedly mediocre in comparison with those of other countries. Poor communication between doctors and patients, the book argues, is at the heart of this disparity, a pervasive problem that damages the well-being of the patient and the integrity of the health-care system and society. Drawing upon research in biomedicine, sociology, and anthropology and integrating personal stories, this book shows how important good communication between physicians and patients is to high-quality—and les ... More

Keywords: health-care system, communication, caregiver, patient, cultural competencies, communication skills, doctors, cultural factors, socioeconomic factors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164443
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164443.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dennis Rosen, author