What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear

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Overview

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear by Danielle Ofri, Ann M. Richardson

Can refocusing conversations between doctors and their patients lead to better health?

Despite modern medicine’s infatuation with high-tech gadgetry, the single most powerful diagnostic tool is the doctor-patient conversation, which can uncover the lion’s share of illnesses. However, what patients say and what doctors hear are often two vastly different things.

Patients, anxious to convey their symptoms, feel an urgency to “make their case” to their doctors. Doctors, under pressure to be efficient, multitask while patients speak and often miss the key elements. Add in stereotypes, unconscious bias, conflicting agendas, and fear of lawsuits and the risk of misdiagnosis and medical errors multiplies dangerously.

Though the gulf between what patients say and what doctors hear is often wide, Dr. Danielle Ofri proves that it doesn’t have to be. Through the powerfully resonant human stories that Dr. Ofri’s writing is renowned for, she explores the high-stakes world of doctor-patient communication that we all must navigate. Reporting on the latest research studies and interviewing scholars, doctors, and patients, Dr. Ofri reveals how better communication can lead to better health for all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807062630
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 164,689
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and has cared for patients at New York’s Bellevue Hospital for more than two decades. She is the author of, most recently, What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, as well as the critically acclaimed Singular Intimacies, Incidental Findings, Medicine in Translation, and the e-book original volume Intensive Care. Writing in the Guardian in the spring of 2016, Andrew Solomon singled out Ofri as the only woman among an extraordinary new generation of doctor writers, saying, “Ofri has produced four impressive books and numerous articles, all striking for their reversion to empathy, their willingness to sense not only the physical life of a patient, but also the emotional.” She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1
Communication and Its Discontents

CHAPTER 2
From Both Sides Now

CHAPTER 3
It Takes Two

CHAPTER 4
Now Hear This

CHAPTER 5
With All Good Intentions

CHAPTER 6
What Works

CHAPTER 7
Chief Listening Officer

CHAPTER 8
Listen to Me

CHAPTER 9
Just the Facts, Ma’am

CHAPTER 10
Do No Harm

CHAPTER 11
What Lies Beneath

CHAPTER 12
The Language of Medicine

CHAPTER 13
Rushing to Judgment

CHAPTER 14
Can It Be Taught?

CHAPTER 15
A Fragile Truce Shatters

CHAPTER 16
Can We Talk?

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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