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'Singing the Same Song': A Global Perspective on Empathic Communication in Healthcare

Duke Global Health Institute
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Neil S. Prose, MD
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Think Global

About the lecture
Because of their differing perspectives and world views, empathic communication between health care providers and patients is sometimes absent from the medical encounter. In low and middle income countries, the problem is compounded by a variety of educational and socioeconomic factors. Data shows that true quality improvement in hospitals and health centers in low and middle income countries often depends on developing a culture of respectful, patient-centered care, and the failure to do so impacts health outcomes. Dr. Prose will describe his work in facilitating the development of medical school courses in three different African countries, and a curriculum for midwives and health extension workers in Ethiopia and a rural area of southern Chile.

Lunch will be provided. This event is part of Think Global, a weekly lecture series at the Duke Globl Health Institute.

About the speaker
Dr. Prose has worked extensively on issues related to the care of skin disease in children in Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. His current main research interest is provider-patient communication in low and middle income countries. He has aided in the development of communication skills curricula at medical schools in Botswana, South Africa, and Ethiopia.