Ethnicity and Doctor-Patient Communication: An Exploratory Study of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

Ethnicity and Doctor-Patient Communication: An Exploratory Study of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

Abstract

Summary: This study adopted survey research and focus group discussion methods to ascertain whether ethnicity affected interpersonal communication between doctors and patients. The objectives of the study were to find out if language is a factor in determining respondents’ interpersonal communication relationship with a doctor; to find out if there is a relationship between a doctor’s ethnic background and respondents’ attitude towards interpersonal communication on serious illnesses; and to ascertain whether there is a difference in male and female respondents’ perception of the relationship between a doctor’s ethnic background and interpersonal communication on serious illnesses. A sample size of 300 was used for the study. We found the ethnicity of a doctor significantly affected the nature of interpersonal relationship between the doctor and a patient.

Keywords: Ethnicity, communication, doctor-patient communication, interpersonal communication.

Citation: Nwabueze C, Nwankwo NN. Ethnicity and doctor-patient communication: an exploratory study of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. J Participat Med. 2016 Oct 7; 8:e12.

Published: October 7, 2016.

Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

By Chinenye Nwabueze and Nancy Ncheta Nwankwo
Research | Evidence | Vol. 8, 2016 | October 7, 2016

(Source): http://www.jopm.org/evidence/research/2016/10/07/ethnicity-and-doctor-patient-communication-an-exploratory-study-of-university-of-abuja-teaching-hospital-nigeria/

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The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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