The psychophysiology of medical communication. Linking two worlds of research

Publication year: 2011
Source: Patient Education and Counseling, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Robert L., Hulsman , Ellen M.A., Smets , John M., Karemaker , Hanneke J.C.J.M., de Haes

 Objective: Medical communication is goal oriented behavior. As such, it can be modeled as a chain of decisions, resulting from cognitive and emotional processes each potentially associated with psychophysiological reactions. Psychophysiological may be helpful to detect small changes in affect or arousal in the course of a consultation that would be difficult to detect by other evaluations of the process, like self-reports.The question is how psychophysiological communication research should be modeled for unraveling in more detail the cognitive, emotional and interpersonal processes which underlie physician and patient behavior. Methods: In the world of medical communication research the six-function model of medical communication reveals…