The Roter interaction analysis system (RIAS): utility and flexibility for analysis of medical interactions

Patient Educ Couns. 2002 Apr;46(4):243-51. doi: 10.1016/s0738-3991(02)00012-5.


The Roter interaction analysis system (RIAS), a method for coding medical dialogue, is widely used in the US and Europe and has been applied to medical exchanges in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Contributing to its rapid dissemination and adoption is the system's ability to provide reasonable depth, sensitivity, and breadth while maintaining practicality, functional specificity, flexibility, reliability, and predictive validity to a variety of patient and provider outcomes. The purpose of this essay is two-fold. First, to broadly overview the RIAS and to present key capabilities and coding conventions, and secondly to address the extent to which the RIAS is consistent with, or complementary to, linguistic-based techniques of communication analysis.

MeSH terms

  • Communication*
  • Humans
  • Linguistics*
  • Professional-Patient Relations*