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Title: Measuring responsiveness in the therapeutic relationship: A patient perspective
Authors: Reis, H.T.
Clark, M.S.
Pereira Gray, D.J.
Tsai, F.-F. 
Brown, J.B.
Stewart, M.
Underwood, L.G.
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Citation: Reis, H.T., Clark, M.S., Pereira Gray, D.J., Tsai, F.-F., Brown, J.B., Stewart, M., Underwood, L.G. (2008-10). Measuring responsiveness in the therapeutic relationship: A patient perspective. Basic and Applied Social Psychology 30 (4) : 339-348. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This article reports results from a three-country study of patient perceptions of physician responsiveness. Based on existing research in the medical and social-psychological literatures, we theorized that patients' perceptions of physician responsiveness to their needs would be an important component of the patient-physician relationship and that this construct could be distinguished reliably from more global assessments of patient satisfaction. We then developed a new measure designed to assess these perceptions from the patients' point of view. This measure was administered to large samples of patients in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Results supported our hypotheses. Patient perception of physician responsiveness significantly predicted both patient satisfaction and subjective health-related problems, over and above effects attributable to general satisfaction. We also noted the absence of significant differences across the three cultures or sex, suggesting that the process we identify has considerable generality. We also describe a short version of our measure that researchers may find useful in a variety of research or clinical settings.
Source Title: Basic and Applied Social Psychology
ISSN: 01973533
DOI: 10.1080/01973530802502275
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