Physical Therapists’ Nonverbal Communication Predicts Geriatric Patients’ Health Outcomes

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Physical Therapists’ Nonverbal Communication Predicts Geriatric Patients’ Health Outcomes

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Title: Physical Therapists’ Nonverbal Communication Predicts Geriatric Patients’ Health Outcomes
Author: Winograd, Carol H.; Rosenthal, Robert; Koo, Jasook; Ambady, Nalini

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Citation: Ambady, Nalini, Jasook Koo, Robert Rosenthal, and Carol H. Winograd. 2002. Physical therapists' nonverbal communication predicts geriatric patients' health outcomes. Psychology and Aging 17, no. 3: 443-452.
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Abstract: Two studies explored the link between health care providers' patterns of nonverbal communication and therapeutic efficacy. In Study 1, physical therapists were videotaped during a session with a client. Brief samples of therapists' nonverbal behavior were rated by naive judges. Judges' ratings were then correlated with clients' physical, cognitive, and psychological functioning at admission, at discharge, and at 3 months following discharge. Therapists' distancing behavior was strongly correlated with short- and long-term decreases in their clients' physical and cognitive functioning. Distancing was expressed through a pattern of not smiling and looking away from the client. In contrast, facial expressiveness, as revealed through smiling, nodding, and frowning, was associated with short- and long-term improvements in functioning. In Study 2, elderly subjects perceived distancing behaviors of therapists more negatively than positive behaviors.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0882-7974.17.3.443
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