Communication discrepancies between patients and inpatient physicians

In this single institutional survey analysis of patient’s and inpatient physician’s communication recall, only 18% of patients could accurately recall the inpatient physician name, but 67% of physicians thought the patients could recall their names. Although 77% of physicians thought that their patients knew their diagnosis, but only 57% of patients actually did. Almost all physicians thought they discussed patients anxiety and fears, but only half of the patients agreed (abstract) This reiterates ongoing concerns around adequate communication between patients and inpatient providers.

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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