Doctors are taught to summarize the conversations patients have with them into very structured information.
Sometimes, discerning the pertinent information from a conversation is easy; other times, it can be difficult. Often, the doctor's discernment is accurate, but at times, it is not. Understanding the goals of the structured conversation you have with your doctor can help you best achieve a clear, concise, and accurate transfer of information about your condition. In fact, according to the academic literature, the quality of a doctor-patient conversation impacts the quality of healthcare delivery—simply put, the conversation you have with your doctor may mean the difference between life and death!
"The Medical Conversation" provides the constructs for a structured conversation and, simultaneously, prepares us for our inevitable role as patients to effectively convey information to the doctors tasked with providing our care and aiding us through the challenging times of illness or injury.
To achieve this important objective, we have created three educational resources: "The Medical Conversation" as a simple to read book, a streaming video, and a robust SCORM-compliant video with an integrated student proficiency assessment.
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