by Barbara Bibel
The most important factor in getting good health care is communication between doctor and patient. Ofri has been practicing at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital for more than 20 years. She uses case histories from your own experiences as well as those contributed by colleagues to illustrate what can go wrong when communication fails. She also shows what works and discusses research into doctor-patient communication. Given the time crunch that doctors face, and that patients feel intimidated and rushed during their appointments, the potential for frustration, medical error, and poor relationships is high. Ofri says that this does not have to be the case. But identifying the barriers that prevent effective communication and taking steps to remove them when possible, both doctor-patient interactions and clinical outcomes will improve. Ofri’s honest, open comments about her own failures and successes will educate physicians and patients. VERDICT: Anyone interested in healthcare will learn a great deal from reading this book.