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Fellow Dr. Tabor Flickinger Publishes Newsworthy Study

Dr. FlickingerA research study led by GIM Fellow Tabor Flickinger, MD, MPH, was the lead story in this morning’s Johns Hopkins Medicine News.  The study titled “Higher Quality Communication and Relationships Are Associated with Improved Patient Engagement in HIV Care,” now available online and scheduled to be published in the July 1, 2013, issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, found that people with HIV are more likely to keep their scheduled medical appointments — and their disease under control — if they feel their physician listens, explains things clearly and knows them as a person, not just a “case,” reports the JHM news release. Dr. Flickinger is quoted as saying that “People really respond to personal respect and genuine interest. And our study shows that these behaviors impact treatment.” Additional GIM authors on the study are Richard Moore, MD, MHS, and Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH.