TEDMED Video: Great Challenges: Improving Medical Communication

Physicians are not typically trained in interpersonal communications and are not rewarded based on their communication skills. Equally important, patients are often intimidated when talking to doctors and often feel they don’t have a receptive audience, especially when doctors are rushed. What can be done about this on both sides of the challenge (patients and doctors) — including possible initiatives in areas ranging from education to technology, to possible changes in the physical workspace? How do we make this issue a priority?