Analysis of the Doctor-patient interaction and relationship through a biomedical approach
Portugal (PorMSIC) - University of Porto, Porto
Medical Ethics
Clinical Neurosciences and Mental Health
Rui Coelho
Irene Carvalho
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The project pertains to the scientific domain of doctor-patient interaction and relationship. The biomedical approach to doctor-patient encounters brought about by the development of medical knowledge and by the technological progresses of the late 19th and 20th centuries, proved insufficient in clinical practice. Doctor-patient encounters are still based on interactions between humans which influence the progression of the disease and patients’ health. Recognition of the importance of doctor-patient interactions associated with the need to deal with patients in clinical practice has brought the attention of health professionals to communication with their patients. Physicians from various specialties now seek courses on clinical communication.
What is the aim of the project?
The project aims to understand who these physicians are, so that programs on communication skills are tailored to their needs and to identify professionals who might benefit from, yet are not seeking, programs on communication.
What techniques and methods are used?
The project will start with literature review about the topic in scientific journals (through searches in databases such as PubMed and Web of Science). The next phase will be the application of questionnaires and/or interviews to the subjects for data collection. For last, the project will use SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) for statistical analyses or conduct qualitative analysis.
What is the role of the student?
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The tasks expected to be accomplished by the student are: To conduct literature review and become familiar with databases and with scientific journals. To participate in data collection, receiving training on how to apply a questionnaire or how to conduct an interview. To enter data SPSS and clean the spreadsheet, becoming familiar with the process of preparing data for analysis. To participate in data analysis, becoming familiar with statistical, as well as qualitative techniques of analysis
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
No theoretical teaching will be provided. Students will read the materials that are relevant for the topic of the project during the exchange.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Willingness to work in a scientific project (curiosity and motivation regarding all phases of a project) and interpersonal skills to work with a research team.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
- Martins RG; Carvalho IP; Breaking bad news: patients' preferences and health locus of control. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2013.03.001