The Impact of Physician-Patient Relations on the Quality of Prenatal and Perinatal Care : A Proposed Study
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The outcome of a birth largely depends on the prenatal care the mother receives throughout her pregnancy and continued postpartum care. Many of the complications associated with poor infant health or even infant death could be assisted or at the very least identified by a medical professional, therefore it is very important for mothers to receive consistent and adequate prenatal care. There are a number of women who technically do have access to prenatal care, but discontinue their check-ups. There are also women who never seek out the care at all. This report will examine patient-physician relationships and identify behaviors exhibited by physicians that serve to improve and sustain these relationships, as well as the behaviors that hinder relationships. The proposed intervention is a two-part training for physicians, designed to improve their communication skills and cultural competency. Effectiveness of the intervention would be evaluated through self-reported feedback from the physicians, as well as their patients, regarding the quality and duration of prenatal and perinatal care. It is predicted by the author that the implementation of this intervention would improve physician-patient relationships, ultimately improving the quality of care overall and leading to better health outcomes for mothers and their children.