DOCTOR-PATIENT COMMUNICATION, PATIENT KNOWLEDGE AND HEALTH LITERACY: HOW DIFFICULT CAN IT ALL BE?

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Abstract

Patients who understand their injuries, the aims and potential of their treatment are likely to experience superior outcomes. We review the literature on positive, encouraging doctor-patient communication, and the impact of health literacy and education on patient knowledge in medicine and surgery, with a particular emphasis on orthopaedic surgery. We also highlight methods of improving doctor-patient communication and patient knowledge.

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