Letters to the Editor
Physicians Making Eye Contact with Patients Is Important
Am Fam Physician. 2016 Sep 15;94(6):418a-419.
Original Article: Cancer Screening in Older Patients
Issue Date: April 15, 2016
Available online at: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0415/p659.html
to the editor: Applause for the cover photo on the April 15, 2016, issue of American Family Physician, showing a physician making eye contact with the patient while making a few notes on paper.
As I have added years to my stated age and new entries to my problem list, I have assembled a stable of organ-focused doctors, all of whom talk to me over their shoulders while tapping computer keys or stand behind the protection of a scribe. Only my direct primary care physician sits and looks me in the eye when we are talking.
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