Original Research 

Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Verbal Behavior Style in Interviews with Patient's Companion in Family Medicine: Understanding and Measuring

Jose Luis Turabian, Luis Enoc Minier-Rodriguez, Sandra Moreno-Ruiz, Francis Eliant Rodriguez-Almonte, Raul Cucho-Jove and Alejandro Villarin-Castro

Abstract

To describe the communication or verbal behavior of physician-patient-companion in the triadic consultations, and doctor-patient in the dyadic consultations, and to assess the implications that these possible differences may have In clinical management and interpersonal relationship.

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Perspective 

Facing a Loss in a Family. New Perspectives of Intervention

Maria Grazia Spurio

Abstract

The work of mourning, or coping with a loss in general, may be, definitely, one of the aspects that most strongly contribute to the objective of family's well-being. Basically the human being has the ability to accept and overcome a changement experienced as a great loss up to the death of a loved one.

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REVIEW ARTICLE 

Non-Adherence to Treatment: Different Rules for Different Patients

Sergio V Delgado

Abstract

Although adherence to healthy lifestyle behaviors and treatment recommendations is complex and multidimensional, a common frustration expressed by physicians is the ability to provide optimal care when their patients are non-adherent with the treatment recommendations. Non-adherence is a common problem among patients, with some estimates suggesting that as many as 50% of patients are non-adherent to treatment.

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HYPOTHESIS 

Implications of Incidence Rates of Diseases at Local Level in Family Medicine

Jose Luis Turabian, Brenda Báez-Montiel and Elizabeth Gutiérrez-Islas

Abstract

We collected data for one year, in a family medicine office that has a list of 1,800 people over 14 years of age and who were treated continuously during the year for; new cases of five diseases whose etiology is understood sufficiently for prevention (coronary heart disease, adverse drug reactions, pulmonary tuberculosis, stroke, traffic accidents), five diseases whose etiology is only partially known but for which there is proposed screening or prevention (breast cancer, bladder cancer, prostatic hypertrophy, hypertension and genetic diseases) and five diseases whose etiology is not well known and where it is not possible to implement prevention or screening (senile dementia, hyperparathyroidism, ovarian cancer, Paget's disease and lymphoma).

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RESEARCH ARTICLE 

The Patient Companion in the Consultation of Family Medical Practice is an Indicator of Hidden Family Problems

Jose Luis Turabian, Luis Enoc Minier-Rodriguez, Raul Cucho-Jove, Francis Eliant Rodriguez-Almonte and Alejandro Villarin-Castro

Abstract

This is a retrospective study of cases and controls. 'Case' was defined as a patient with a companion, and 'control' as a patient without an accompanying adult. Problems in the family context (based on the genogram) were considered the previous exposure factor. For each case, the patient with the next appointment in the practice who did not come with a companion was chosen as a control. For each patient, the following variables among others were collected: age, sex, chronic diseases, medications, and social class. The bivariate comparisons were performed using the Chi square test, the Student t test, and the Mann-Whitney test. Finally, an analysis using logistical regression was performed.

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