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Overview of the Structure and Sequence of Effective Doctor Patient
Communication


Click on each Model Element to see a more detailed description.
Effective interviewing skills allow physicians to accomplish the 3 functions of the medical interview: gathering data, establishing a therapeutic rapport and educating the patient. These skills are summarized in the model shown above. It organizes the skills into a series of tasks that help structure the flow of the interview. Obviously not all skills or tasks are used in each interaction with a patient, however each of the three functions are almost always being addressed even in the briefest encounters.



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