The purpose of this study was to investigate the current status of physicians' recognition and their attitude towards patient education in actual clinical practice. We sent surveys containing self-questionnaires to one-hundred and fifty physicians in five university hospitals and one general hospital from the period of April to July 1995. The self-questionnaire was designed to evaluate the physicians' recognition and attitude towards patient education at his or her clinical practice. A total of 137 answered-sheets were returned and they were subsequently analyzed. 1) The frequency of physicians' recognition of patient education as an essential component in practice was 76.6%. There was a significant difference between family physicians and other physicians, 97.1%, 69.6%, respectively(p=0.03). 2) The frequency of physicians' accomplishment of a satisfactory doctor-patient relationship was 51.1%; board certified physicians and residents, 79.4%, 43.3%, respectively(p=0.001). 3) The percentage of physicians who explained details about examinations and procedures was 73.0%, who interpreted the findings of exams, tests and x-rays 72.3%, but who assessed patient readiness to modify behavior was only 29.9%. The frequency of physicians' education to patient about the biomedical diagnosis and treatment was high, but that of physicians' approach towards patient as a biopsychosocial model was relatively low. Therefore, it is concluded that much more time and emphasis should be placed on patient education in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical education curricula.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Korean Medical Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1996 Oct 1|
- Patient education
- Physicians' recognition
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