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Table 6 Côté et al. (2001) doctor-patient relationship skills assessment instrument

From: Validation of the 5-item doctor-patient communication competency instrument for medical students (DPCC-MS) using two years of assessment data

For each item, circle the number corresponding to your opinion. Completely Disagree Somewhat Disagree Somewhat Agree Completely Agree
1 Asks patient to describe how his/her health problems are affecting his/her daily life 1 2 3 4
2 Asks patient to give his/her perception of his/her symptoms 1 2 3 4
3 Asks patient to express his/her concerns about his/her symptoms 1 2 3 4
4 Asks patient for his/her expectations of the visit 1 2 3 4
5 Takes the patient’s opinion and concerns into account throughout the interview 1 2 3 4
6 Gives patient time to express himself/herself, and when it is necessary to interrupt the patient, does so in a tactful manner. 1 2 3 4
7 Uses open-ended and closed-ended questions appropriately 1 2 3 4
8 Responds appropriately to patient’s non-verbal communication 1 2 3 4
9 Avoids being aloof and abrupt with patient 1 2 3 4
10 Respects patient’s opinions 1 2 3 4
11 Looks at patient when speaking to patient and when patient is speaking 1 2 3 4
12 Expresses himself/herself clearly and precisely 1 2 3 4
13 Explains the proposed course of action 1 2 3 4
14 Avoids medical jargon 1 2 3 4
15 Checks throughout the interview to ensure that the patient understands 1 2 3 4