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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 20 • In doctor and patients’ attitude towards seeking or giving health education • In doctors’ and patients’ communicating about psychological topics • Spending the amount of time during their visits Though this study didn’t have any hypotheses to test, however, based on the previous findings in the clinical and medical-psychological studies, the author had an assumption that the result of this research would also support the previous findings, but it didn’t (except the few cases). As mentioned in the literature review, most of the previous studies (though they were conducted in different settings and not based on entertainment medical dramas) had found that female doctors devote more time to psychosocial counseling than male doctors, who spend more time on technical practice behaviors, such as medical history taking, physical examination and treatment planning (Bertakis, Helms, Callahan, Azari & Robbins, 1995). Similarly, previous studies had also found that female physicians do significantly more preventive services…studies suggest that female doctors provide more preventive services and psychosocial counseling; male doctors spend more time on technical practice behaviors, such as medical history taking and physical examination (Bertakis et al., 2003; & Frank, 2003), among others. However, the result of this study only partially supported those claims as mentioned above. Here, I would like to state that the above mentioned studies were conducted in real doctor-patient conversation, in a real clinical setting, whereas, this study is based on an entertainment oriented medical drama. Therefore, it is perhaps not appropriately reasonable to seek a similar relationship from these widely diverse fields. For the research question 1, the result could not find significant differences in the communication between doctor and patient occurred due to their gender difference. While studying the role of doctor’s gender on doctor- patient communication, in general, patients have put their concerns and have interacted more to

Authors: Pokhrel, Lok.
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Doctor-Patient Communication in Grey’s Anatomy
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In doctor and patients’ attitude towards seeking or giving health education
In doctors’ and patients’ communicating about psychological topics 
Spending the amount of time during their visits 
Though this study didn’t have any hypotheses to test, however, based on the previous 
findings in the clinical and medical-psychological studies, the author had an assumption that the 
result of this research would also support the previous findings, but it didn’t (except the few 
cases). As mentioned in the literature review, most of the previous studies (though they were 
conducted in different settings and not based on entertainment medical dramas) had found that 
female doctors devote more time to psychosocial counseling than male doctors, who spend more 
time on technical practice behaviors, such as medical history taking, physical examination and 
treatment planning (Bertakis, Helms, Callahan,  Azari & Robbins, 1995). Similarly,  previous 
studies had also found that female physicians do significantly more preventive services…studies 
suggest that female doctors provide more preventive services and psychosocial counseling; male 
doctors spend more time on technical practice behaviors, such as medical history taking and 
physical examination (Bertakis et al., 2003; & Frank, 2003), among others. 
However, the result of this study only partially supported those claims as mentioned 
above. Here, I would like to state that the above mentioned  studies were conducted in real 
doctor-patient   conversation,   in   a   real   clinical   setting,   whereas,   this   study   is   based   on   an 
entertainment oriented medical drama. Therefore, it is perhaps not appropriately reasonable to 
seek a similar relationship from these widely diverse fields. For the research question 1, the 
result could not find significant differences in the communication between doctor and patient 
occurred due to their gender difference. While studying  the role of doctor’s gender on doctor-
patient communication, in general, patients have put their concerns and have interacted more to 


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