Enhancing patient-centred care in Taiwan's dental education system: Exploring the feasibility of doctor-patient communication education and training

Yi Zhou He, Pei Chun Liao*, Yung Ta Chang*

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Abstract

Background/purpose: Improved communication can optimize treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction. Findings emphasize the need for tailored communication strategies based on patient characteristics. Implementing communication courses can enhance patient-centered care and reduce conflicts. Therefore, this study examined the feasibility of integrating doctor-patient communication education in Taiwan's dental education system. Materials and methods: Using interviews and questionnaires, we conducted descriptive statistics and generalized linear mixed-effects model analysis on the importance of doctor-patient communication from the dentist and patient perspectives. Results: More than 600 patient surveys and four interviewed dentists with 20+ years of experience stressed doctor-patient communication in dentistry. Patients' age and income were positively related to the emphasis on physician-patient communication but negatively associated with dental assistants' communication. Dentists valued communication education but differed in its execution and importance. Conclusion: It is recommended to initiate dentist-patient communication education during university studies and continue its practice to adapt to the changing societal dynamics. Individuals with higher socioeconomic status and older age show a greater appreciation for dentist-patient communication, potentially driven by self-promotion, thereby highlighting the diverse nature of doctor-patient relationships. Based on our findings, we suggest to implement the doctor-patient communication courses in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1830-1837
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Dental Sciences
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Oct

Keywords

  • Dental education
  • Doctor-patient communication
  • Medical professionalism
  • Patient expectations
  • Patient-centred care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry

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