70969 - Patient-Physician Communication

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Academic Year 2018/2019

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

1. Neurophysiological, cognitive, affective and interpersonal factors related to clinical assesment; 2. Psychological and communication processes involved in doctor-patient relationship and in patient's compliance to treatment.


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. Experimental and clinical research outputs will be presented and discussed.

Assessment methods

Oral examination.

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 Michela Mazzetti