Aaron Lazare

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CONTEXT Although physicians' communication skills have been found to be related to clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, teaching of communication skills has not been fully integrated into many medical school curricula or adequately evaluated with large-scale controlled trials. OBJECTIVE To determine whether communications training for medical(More)
A study was conducted on adherence to treatment referrals made in the psychiatry walk-in clinic of a general hospital. One hundred thirty patients were administered the patient request form, a general information questionnaire, and a postinterview evaluation questionnaire. Information on adherence was obtained from the hospital records. Forty-one percent of(More)
Patients are at high risk for experiencing shame and humiliation in any medical encounter. This is because they commonly perceive diseases as defects, inadequacies, or shortcomings; while the visit to the hospital and the doctor's office requires physical and psychological exposure. Patients respond to the suffering of shame and humiliation by avoiding the(More)
THE IDEA THAT PHYSICIANS SHOULD MAKE FULL DISclosure of medical errors to their patients has grown in importance since the late 1980s and early 1990s. This movement gained momentum following the 1999 Institute of Medicine report, To Err Is Human, an indepth study of the extent of medical errors, and the 2001 Safety Standards of the Joint Commission on(More)
Medical educators have a responsibility to teach students to communicate effectively, yet ways to accomplish this are not well-defined. Sixty-five percent of medical schools teach communication skills, usually in the preclinical years; however, communication skills learned in the preclinical years may decline by graduation. To address these problems the New(More)