The University of Arizona

The Moment of Truth: An Analysis of the Physician/Client Interaction and Interpretation of Test Results

Christopher R. Tillquist


The relationships between health, the scientific approach in medicine and concepts of epidemiology underlie theoretical and cultural attitudes of the nature of behavior and health risks. Medical tests that diagnose risk factors are thought to be predictive of disease. Physicians employ these tests to more accurately assess the health of their patients and convince their charges to change their behaviors. Communication of newly described risk factors is challenging for both physicians and patients as each party negotiates modifications of behavior and perceptions of reality.


risk, health belief, diagnostic test

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