How research supports doctor-patient communication with Dr Matheesa Herath

Video series: Translating Research


In this episode, we hear about research supporting effective communication between patients and doctors. 

We learn that Dr Herath and his colleagues are running a trial in hospital outpatient departments looking at a simple prompt sheet as a guide for patients to become more actively engaged with their doctor prior to surgery. Importantly,

  • previous studies showed that while surgeons do spend time explaining procedures to patients, patients typically remember less than half of that information, and often inaccurately
  • trial data collected to date shows the prompt sheet helps patients have a better understanding of their medical condition.


About the researcher

Dr Matheesa Herath is a Surgical Registrar, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. 


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