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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

15-Minute Visits Take A Toll On The Doctor-Patient Relationship

By Roni Caryn Rabin
Kaiser Health News
Originally published April 21, 2014

Here is an excerpt:

“Doctors have one eye on the patient and one eye on the clock,” said David J. Rothman, who studies the history of medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

By all accounts, short visits take a toll on the doctor-patient relationship, which is considered a key ingredient of good care, and may represent a missed opportunity for getting patients more actively involved in their own health. There is less of a dialogue between patient and doctor, studies show, increasing the odds patients will leave the office frustrated.

The entire story is here.

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