"Patient-centered care" is an emerging topic of interest that recognizes that the interaction
between a doctor and patient can be as important in achieving health as a physician's technical
Studies have shown that bad communication leads to poor patient care and an increased likelihood
of malpractice claims. Bridging this gap is the object of a new clinician-patient communication
program launched in January at UC Davis Medical Center.
Marketing prescription drugs directly to consumers through advertising has grown to a $3 billion a
year industry, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Two UC Davis physicians share their
opinions on some of the benefits and drawbacks of this trend.
Good doctor-patient communication puts the patient back in the spotlight. In this creative interpretation of a doctor and patient in harmony, UC Davis pediatric pulmonary physician and cello player Jesse Joad and health system employee and gospel singer Arthur Johnson make beautiful music together.
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