Letters

Doctor-patient communication in developing countries

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7412.450-a (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:450
  1. Jean-Pierre Unger, senior lecturer,
  2. Patricia Ghilbert, research assistant (pghilbert@itg.be),
  3. J Pip Fisher, clinical lecturer
  1. Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, 155 Nationalestraat, D-2000 Antwerp, Belgium
  2. Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, 155 Nationalestraat, D-2000 Antwerp, Belgium
  3. Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool L3 5QA

    EDITOR–As in the United Kingdom, patients in Guinea consider communication with health professionals important.1 2 Unfortunately, in developing countries, biomedicine is the dominant paradigm,3 and poor communication is the rule in public services.4 Why does communication weigh so little in health policies in developing countries?

    The biomedical …

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