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Editorial Board

ven, 05/18/2018 - 00:00

Why do doctors not learn how to explain “medically unexplained symptoms”?

ven, 05/18/2018 - 00:00
Physical symptoms not readily understood as “organic” are quite common among patients in many subfields of healthcare and may represent a reason for as many as 25–50% of all visits to general practitioners [1]. Such symptoms are often referred to as “medically unexplained symptoms” [2] or “functional somatic syndromes” [3]. These symptoms represent a challenge for health care practitioners in many different ways. Communication between doctors and patients with subjective symptoms without a well-defined organic explanation is often difficult.

Positive emotions—An interesting topic in clinical communication research

dim, 04/29/2018 - 00:00
In the present issue of PEC, we publish a paper on the expressions of positive emotions in audio-recorded conversations between nurses, cancer hospice patients and caregivers during home visits [1]. All interactions were coded both using Roter’s Interaction Analysis System [2] and a novel coding procedure for Positive Emotion Codes, with the acronym PEC (!). The researchers found that positive emotions were quite common in these conversations, most often in terms of humor, and most frequently expressed by nurses [1].

Editorial Board

dim, 04/29/2018 - 00:00