Das hausärztliche Gespräch - Ein qualitativer Blick auf die Erlebniswelt von Arzt und Patient

Translated title of the contribution: The physician-patient interaction in family practice - A qualitative study

Maria Böttcher, Jost Steinhäuser, Katja Götz*

*Corresponding author for this work


Background: The personal contact between physician and patient and their interaction is an essential aspect in family practice. The evaluation of communication skills could be performed with the MAAS-Global instrument developed in the Netherlands. Aim of this study was to get more information about the relevance of communication in physician-patient contact in family practice compared to the content of the instrument MAAS-Global- D. Methods: A qualitative study design was chosen. Interviews with family practitioners (n = 13) and focus groups with patients (n = 19) were conducted and analyzed with qualitative content analysis. Results: The physician-patient interaction followed a specific, individual structure and presented an important component for their relationship. Different interview techniques were used to structure the physician-patient contact. Moreover, it can be assumed that the MAAS-Global manual displayed most of these techniques and appears suitable for use in Germany. Conclusions: Future research is necessary and should include training about communicative competence as well as development of guidelines for the physician-patient interaction in family practice.

Translated title of the contributionThe physician-patient interaction in family practice - A qualitative study
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fur Allgemeinmedizin
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)438-444
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2016


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