BACKGROUND Attention by the doctor to the importance of an illness or ailment in a patient’s everyday life seems to support the patient’s rehabilitation. We examined how training doctors in a two question method affects the patients’ reflection and empowerment.
METHOD Six physicians received a one hour training in the two question method. On the basis of post-appointment surveys we examined the effects of the consultation on the patients before and after the special but short physician training.
RESULTSThe patients with trained physicians showed more reflection on their own lives and everyday life and more empowering comments than patients before the physician training.
CONCLUSIONS The trained physicians seemed to increase patients’ reflection on the significance of their pain in their lives and give them strength and confidence to act in a way that promotes their rehabilitation. The data and results justify further investigation of the method with a larger sample and over a longer period of time, as well as examining the actual effects of medical communication on patient rehabilitation.