Age-related patient preferences for physician communication styles

H. Dan O’Hair, Ralph R. Behnke, Paul E. King

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Previous research in the health communication area has failed to investigate the relationship between patient age and preference for physician communication style. Varying combinations of two styles are explored: Information-dispensing strategies and affective strategies. Multiple comparison procedures indicate that style preferences differ significantly between age groups. While most patients prefer a high degree of both information and affect, older patients prefer a low-information/high affect strategy. Results may indicate the presence of receiver apprehension in elderly patients. Implications for the preparation of future physicians are explored and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-158
Number of pages12
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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