Development of Physician Coaching Model for Improvement of Patient-Doctor Communication

환자-의사 커뮤니케이션 개선을 위한 의사코칭 모델 개발

  • Received : 2012.12.04
  • Accepted : 2013.01.16
  • Published : 2013.02.28


Recently there is a heated debate going on regarding the patient-doctor communication in the medical schools and medical service sector. Patient-doctor communication is an interactive communication made during the consultation session which is known to bring positive effect to both the patient and the doctor. Through this research, a doctor coaching model was developed by combining a method that would help the patient and doctor communicate better by increasing the doctor's communication skill and a coaching mechanism. Through the research, the doctor coaching model consists of 5 levels. First is the 'relationship creation' which would cause the doctor's interest and expectations toward coaching mechanism. Second is 'recognition of change' and this would cause to understand the problem and pros of the doctor's communication with the patient and set a direction regarding the coaching. Third is 'understanding the perspective' and this would lead the doctor to think from the patient's perspective. Fourth is 'increasing problem solving and communication skills' and this would set specific terms as to how the doctor can improve his communication skills. Fifth is 'goal setting and support' where goal regarding the improvements can be set and agreement regarding the ways to maintain and strengthen the advantage can be made. The developed doctor coaching model is most meaningful in a way that it has first adapted a coaching mechanism to improve patient-doctor communication. Also in cases where such will be utilized in the future medical service sector, it is expected to affect greatly the doctor's communication skill and patient sympathizing skills. Hereby it will contribute in increasing the patient's treatment satisfaction.


Physician Coaching;Patient-doctor Communication;Development of Model


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