This week our featured book is Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients by Dennis Rosen, MD.
We are also offering a FREE copy of Vital Conversations to a lucky winner. To enter the contest please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and address. The winner will be selected Friday, October 3 at 1:00 pm.
The health-care system in the United States is by far the most expensive in the world, yet its outcomes are decidedly mediocre in comparison with those of other countries. Poor communication between doctors and patients, Dennis Rosen argues, is at the heart of this disparity, a pervasive problem that damages the well-being of the patient and the integrity of the health-care system and society.
Drawing upon research in biomedicine, sociology, and anthropology and integrating personal stories from his medical practice in three different countries (and as a patient), Rosen shows how important good communication between physicians and patients is to high-quality—and less-expensive—care.
Read an excerpt from the first chapter “Better Outcomes, Lower Costs”: