Patient-Physician Communication Explored in Commonwealth Fund’s Latest Survey

Almost one-fifth (19%) of adults reported having communication problems with their physician, but among Hispanic respondents, one-third (33%) had such problems. Almost one-fourth of African-Americans, and over one-fourth of Asian- Americans, reported having problems such as not understanding their doctor, or having questions they did not ask. Further, while 79% of African- American respondents said they understood information on prescription bottles, only 66% of Asian-American respondents and 64% of Hispanic resondents said they understood such information. “Diverse Communities, Common Concerns: Assessing Health Care Quality for Minority Americans,” was released today by The Commonwealth Fund at a briefing in Washington.