70969 - Patient-Physician Communication

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

Learning outcomes

This course is aimed to provide students with the essential knowledge about the cognitive and emotional processes involved in doctor-patient relationship.

Course contents

The role of psychosocial context, physician-patient relationship, knowledge, beliefs, and expectations on clinical outcomes.

Placebo and Nocebo effect.

Social modulation of pain.


Benedetti F. (2013). Placebo and the new physiology of the doctor-patientrelationship. Physiol Rev, 93:1207-46.

Mattarozzi K. et al. (2016). What patients' complaints and praise tell the health practitioner: implications for health care quality. A qualitative research study. Int J Qual Health Care, 29(1):83-89.

Teaching methods

Lectures and group exercises

Assessment methods

Learning will be assessed through small group critical discussion on the topics covered in the course. Students will report to the teacher a brief presentation of the results of the discussion carried out. The positive evaluation of the work will contribute to determine the achievement of the credits foreseen by the Integrated Course

Teaching tools

The handouts of lectures slides will be provided by the teacher on AMS campus http://campus.cib.unibo.it/ .

Office hours

See the website of Katia Mattarozzi


Good health and well-being Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.