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Interns may devote only 12% of their time to patients

In the New York Times (5/30) “Well” blog, Pauline W. Chen, MD, writes that a “dramatic decrease in time spent with patients compared with previous generations appears to be linked to new constraints young doctors now face, most notably duty hour limits and electronic medical record-keeping.” She cites a recently published study in the Journal […]

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Increased Doctor Workloads Can Compromise Patient Safety

A survey published in JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed that 40 percent of doctors believe that the number of patients that visited them over a period of one month often exceeded safe levels. 36 percent of these doctors reported a frequency of more than once a week. [More…]

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An Empathetic Doctor Can Increase A Patient’s Pain Tolerance

Clinicians are taught as part of their medical training that the therapeutic relationship is an important component of treatment and that reassurance, empathy and compassionate care are valuable elements in improving medical outcomes. A recent study published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling demonstrated that the doctor-patient relationship can actually change the brain’s response […]

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Better Communication = Better Care. 10 Questions You Should Know

In support of patients taking a more active role in their healthcare, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has provided patients with “10 Questions” every healthcare consumer should have the answers too regarding their disease and/or care. “Quality health is a team effort,” says AHRQ, in a plea to encourage patients to communicate […]

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By R Kennedy | Communicatin . Quality health
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