Hypertension and nephrology

[Wearing a face mask: effect on a doctor – patient relationship. Complicating factors and their compensations]

VONYIK Gabriella1, FARKAS Martin1, TURNER Andrea1, FINTA Ervin2, BORSZÉKI Judit1

NOVEMBER 04, 2020

Hypertension and nephrology - 2020;24(05)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33668/hn.24.021

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[Wearing face masks plays an important role to effectively decrease the chance of transmitting respiratory diseases. Face masks commonly worn during the Covid-19 pandemic to shield the mouth and the nose, cover about 60- 70% of the area of the face that is crucial for the effective verbal and nonverbal communication and perception of mental states. Face masks may complicate social interaction especially in the medical setting where communication skills and doctor-patient relationship are essential to primary care consultations. Literature was reviewed on the impact of such face masks on effective doctor and patient communication as well as useful alternative ways are suggested to compensate them in order to maintain the effective doctor-patient interaction.]

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  1. Szent Imre Egyetemi Oktatókórház, Pszichiátriai Osztály, Budapest
  2. Szent Imre Egyetemi Oktatókórház, VIP-1 Profil, Budapest

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