Interns could improve on common courtesy with patients, small study finds

10/29/2013 | HealthDay News

A small study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine revealed internal medicine interns performed all five recommended behaviors of etiquette-based communication during only 4% of all patient encounters. Researchers also found the interns introduced themselves just 40% of the time, discussed their role during only 37% of visits and sat down with patients only 9% of the time.

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