Patients Worried About their Health are Often Uncertain
Directions: Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
Passage (Five Questions)
The field of medicine forces a confrontation between scientific and everyday language. Outside the world of the research laboratory and clinic, there exists the daily routine of medical practice, situation where a doctor tries to understand the problems of a patient, and the patient attempts to understand the doctor’s diagnosis. The initial statement of the symptoms of any disease is of critical importance as it guides the doctor’s search for the clinical signs of the conditions. Similarly, the doctor’s explanation of a problem, and the recommendations for treatment, need to be clear and complete if the patient is to understand and follow the correct course of actions.
The need for careful listening and expression by both parties should be obvious in a field as sensitive and serious as health. Patients worried about their health are often uncertain and confused in their accounts. Busy doctors will not have the time to take up every point the patient has referred to. Moreover, the tradition of medical interviewing hinders the development of a genuine communication.
- The word ‘confrontation’ is closest in meaning to
(a) conflict (b) competition (c) confluence (d) trouble
- Which of the following statements best reflects the theme of the passage?
(a) Medical profession required a careful use of medical and everyday language.
(b) For proper treatment, patients should listen carefully to the instructions.
(c) There must be little research in the field of doctor-patient interaction.
(d) Communication should not be made a component of medical education.
- Doctors are sometimes unable to treat the patient properly because
(a) They do not have the time to consider every point made by the patient.
(b) They do not know the language used for communicating with patients.
(c) They are too busy in performing surgeries.
(d) They have a superiority complex.
- Which of the following statements is true?
(a) Patients must learn medical terms.
(b) Medical communication is specialized branch of professional communication.
(c) The patient’s relative should be involved in the interaction.
(d) Doctors should use medical terms in their instructions as these are specific.
- Patients are often unable to give a proper account of their ailment to the doctor because
(a) they are worried about their health.
(b) They do not know how to communicate in medical terms.
(c) They want to hide certain symptoms of the disease.
(d) they have an inferiority complex.
- Answer: (a) conflict
- Answer: (a) medical profession requires a careful use of medical and everyday language.
- Answer: (a) They do not have the time to consider every time made by the patient.
- Answer: (b) Medical communication is a specialized branch of professional communication.
- Answer: (c) They do not know how to communication in medical terms.