Alexander, J. A., Hearld, L. R., Mittler, J. N., & Harvey, J. (2012). Patient–Physician Role Relationships and Patient Activation among Individuals with Chronic Illness. Health Services Research, 47, 1201.
Summary of Findings: This cross-sectional study finds that the physician-patient relationship is strongly coorrelated to patient engagement. Patients with strong longitudinal relationships with their personal family physicians are more likely to adhere to treatment plans and experience better health outcomes.