Patients prefer physicians who engage in face-to-face clinic visits, rather than those using an examination room computer.
Most patients want greater connectivity, online tools and text messaging, as well as more time with their physicians.
One physician shares his experience in having sensitive conversations with his patients and how to best approach your patients about subjects like substance use.
The Physicians Foundation commissioned a survey of health care consumers to examine attitudes on the physician-patient relationship, the cost of health care, social determinants, and lifestyle issues.
Providers who give patients their email addresses have higher satisfaction, but this does not appear to impact patient satisfaction.
Helping patients understand individualized reasons for opioid tapering and encouraging them to provide input into the process are key for patient-provider communications.
Patient satisfaction was reportedly worse with clinicians denying certain requests, including laboratory test, referrals, pain medications, and other tests.
Patients believe that physicians who communicate face-to-face without a computer have better compassion, communication skills, and professionalism.
Disclosing errors to patients can be difficult for clinicians due to fears of litigation and professional embarrassment, but disclosing the medical errors in diagnosis committed by a referring physicians adds another layer of complexity.
The natural curiosity provoked by looking at research and clinical care with a sense of wonder may help us find new ways to deal with old problems and, in turn, improve care for our patients.
Female healthcare practitioners express greater empathy than male practitioners, particularly if consultations last longer than 10 minutes.
One physician reflects on the importance of strengthening the relationship between you and your patient, and why it matters.
A physician reflects on the fine line between creating intimacy with your patient and shielding yourself from getting too close to each and every case.
Many patients record office visits, often listening back to the tapes themselves or sharing with their caregiver.
Some courts have ruled that if no medical decision or treatment decision is offered, a physician-patient relationship is not created, and no responsibility for the physician's fate is transferred.
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