Altering Illness Perception through Effective Provider-Patient Communication

Douglas Drossman, MD, adjunct professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, president of the Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care and former co-director of the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders takes an in-depth look at the distinctive variation between verifiable disease and illness perception by the patient. Dr. Drossman discusses strategies to facilitate patient-provider communication that can alter illness perception and optimize treatment outcomes.