About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Good Communication With Physicians Improves Outcomes for Heart Patients

by Madhumathi Palaniappan on April 4, 2017 at 10:03 AM
Font : A-A+

Good Communication With Physicians Improves Outcomes for Heart Patients

Patients with hardened arteries or heart problems who report good communication with healthcare providers may be less likely to use the emergency room and comply with treatment plans, finds a new study.

The research study was presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2017.

Advertisement


Researcher interviews of 6,810 adults with atherosclerosis, found:

  • Patients who said they communicated effectively with their providers were 52 percent more likely to report the use of prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and 26 percent more likely to report taking aspirin.
  • Patients with good provider communication were 41 percent less likely to go to the emergency room.
  • In comparison, those who reported poor communication with their healthcare providers were twice as likely to report poorer outcomes and spent $1,243 more in healthcare costs.
Participants were asked questions such as "How often did your healthcare providers show respect for what you had to say?" and "How often did healthcare providers spend enough time with you?"
Advertisement

"A patient's beliefs about their illness, their perception of the health care system, the extent to which a physician fulfils the patient's requests and other obstacles can make it a challenge for patients and providers to connect," said lead study author Victor M. Okunrintemi, M.D., M.P.H., a researcher at Baptist Health South Florida in Miami.

He said "One cannot say for sure how communication exactly influences health outcomes. However, optimal communication between patients and their healthcare providers may yield better understanding of the medical condition, build trust and confidence, motivate patients and promote adherence to medication which could improve patients' health status while reducing the need for unnecessary health resource utilization which can lower health care expenditures."



Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Alarming Cesarean Section Trends in India - Convenience or Compulsion of Corporate Healthcare
Quiz on Low-Calorie Diet for Diabetes
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Heart Healthy Heart Statins Mitral Valve Prolapse Aortic Valve Stenosis Pericarditis 

Most Popular on Medindia

A-Z Drug Brands in India Color Blindness Calculator Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Post-Nasal Drip Hearing Loss Calculator Blood Pressure Calculator Drug Interaction Checker Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Find a Doctor Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
CONSULT ONLINE WITH A DOCTOR

×

Good Communication With Physicians Improves Outcomes for Heart Patients Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests