Research traditions in provider-consumer interaction: Implications for cancer care

Dan O'Hair

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The increasing importance of communication in cancer research should play a role in shaping the research agendas of those interested in investigations involving providers and consumers of cancer care. The goal of this article is to identify existing programs of research specific to provider-patient relationships and infer implications for how these research traditions can lead to important research avenues in the cancer context. Research programs reviewed in this article include (a) relational control messages and (b) patient preferences for communication style. Each section briefly reviews some noteworthy trends emanating from that research tradition and concludes with implications for future research. In the final section, two promising directions of research are proposed for consumer-provider communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2003


  • Communication
  • Messages
  • Relational control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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