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803 Compartments and Communication

Misperceptions can lead to communication difficulties that interfere with good health care. When people are operating within their own area of expertise, they may find it hard to understand what the big picture looks like from another person’s perspective. Whether the differences lie between doctor and patient or between different health care providers, the results can be unfair judgments and missed opportunities.
Learn how this attitude can affect the way doctors interpret the results of placebo-controlled trials and how they feel about home remedies. We also discuss the pros and cons of email communication between doctors and patients, and how to choose a good doctor.
Guest: Steven R. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Dermatology, Pathology & Public Health Sciences at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, NC. He is the founder of the DrScore.com doctor rating website and author of Compartments: How the Brightest, Best Trained, and Most Caring People Can Make Judgments That Are Completely and Utterly Wrong. His Websites are www.compartmentsbook.com and www.drscore.com.
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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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