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How does Doctor-Patient Communication Differ Based on the Gender of Doctor and the Gender of Patient? An Analysis of Entertainment-Education Based Network Medical Drama Grey’s Anatomy.
Unformatted Document Text:  Doctor-Patient Communication in Grey’s Anatomy 16 Patient seeks information on relationship .54 .508 .25 .439 2.413** Patient mentions of prior visit to doctor .11 .315 .13 .335 -.224 *P< .05. **P<.01. ***P< .001. Role of Patient Gender on Doctor-Patient Communication Table 3 below shows that on average doctors have communicated more to the male patients than the female patients but the difference caused by the gender of the doctor is statistically insignificant except in one category of communication: doctor discussing on previous medical diagnosis (p<.05, here doctors’ communication with male patients is significantly higher than their female counterparts) and while analyzing the entire group (though the difference is insignificant, but doctors communicate more with male patients than the female ones) Table 3 Patient's gender effect on doctor-patient talk Male (n=37) Female (n=31) Categories of doctor talk Mean Sd. Mean Sd. t-value Doctor asks patient questions about illness .84 .374 .71 .461 1.242 Doctor asks questions about family member .38 .492 .48 .508 -.865 Doctor asks questions to get info frm family .38 .492 .29 .461 .761 Doctor asks open-ended questions .38 .492 .35 .486 .198 Doctor asks closed ended questions .19 .397 .19 .402 -.045 Doctor engages on comm about person life .43 .502 .45 .506 -.156 Doctor involves into positive talk .76 .435 .71 .461 .430 Doctor involves into negative talk .22 .417 .16 .374 .572 Doctor attempts to build partnership .62 .492 .55 .506 .602 Doctor discusses with patient on symptoms .57 .502 .61 .495 -.374

Authors: Pokhrel, Lok.
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Doctor-Patient Communication in Grey’s Anatomy
Patient seeks information on relationship 
Patient mentions of prior visit to doctor 
*P< .05. **P<.01. ***P< .001.
Role of Patient Gender on Doctor-Patient Communication
Table  3 below shows that on average doctors have communicated  more  to the male 
patients   than   the   female   patients   but   the   difference   caused   by   the   gender   of   the   doctor   is 
statistically   insignificant   except   in   one   category   of   communication:   doctor   discussing   on 
previous   medical   diagnosis   (p<.05,   here   doctors’   communication   with   male   patients   is 
significantly higher than their female counterparts) and while analyzing the entire group (though 
the difference is insignificant, but doctors communicate more with male patients than the female 
Table 3 Patient's gender effect on doctor-patient talk 
Male (n=37)
Female (n=31)
Categories of doctor talk
Doctor asks patient questions about illness 
Doctor asks questions about family member
Doctor asks questions to get info frm family
Doctor asks open-ended questions 
Doctor asks closed ended questions 
Doctor engages on comm about person life
Doctor involves into positive talk 
Doctor involves into negative talk 
Doctor attempts to build partnership 
Doctor discusses with patient on symptoms 

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