WBEZ | Northwestern University hospital http://www.wbez.org/tags/northwestern-university-hospital Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Improving doctor-patient relationships http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/improving-doctor-patient-relationships-100011 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/doctor%20patient%20flickr.jpg" title="(flickr/Mercy Health)" /></div><p>Communication is paramount to the success of most relationships&mdash;especially in the case of doctors and patients, when lives can literally hang in the balance. OK, that may be a bit dramatic but imagine trying to put a puzzle together without all its pieces: Sure, you might be able to get the edges in order but you won&rsquo;t get the full picture. The same can be said of patient interviews; of course, these communications are often incredibly personal&mdash;and require a degree of comfort and trust.</p><p>Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum made their fortune building shopping malls. Last year, they gifted more than $40 million of that fortune to the University of Chicago to create the <a href="http://www.uchicago.edu/features/20110922_bucksbaum/sidebar.shtml" target="_blank">Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence</a>, a unique initiative that will focus on how to improve doctor-patient interaction. The institute&rsquo;s associate director, <a href="http://www.uchospitals.edu/physicians/matthew-sorrentino.html" target="_blank">Matthew Sorrentino</a>, says that there is emerging evidence that good communication with a patient can lead to better outcomes&mdash;when patients better understand their condition and course of treatment, Sorrentino explained, their compliance with medications and lifestyle recommendations improve.</p><p>So what do you look for in a doctor-patient relationship? Is it all about the bedside manner or do you prefer the brass tacks, &ldquo;just give it to me straight, Doc&rdquo; delivery? As the doctor-patient bond the bond is increasingly tested by modern medicine and all its trappings: insurance providers, specialists, the Internet and rising costs, Sorrentino and <a href="http://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/emergencymed/faculty/Khare.Rahul.html" target="_blank">Dr. Rahul Khare</a>, who sees his fair share of patients in Northwestern&rsquo;s Emergency department, help us take a long hard look at what&rsquo;s happened to the doctor-patient relationship.</p><p>What kind of relationship do you have with your doctor?&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/improving-doctor-patient-relationships-100011