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It boils down to a personal decision in most situations.
Physians often have less than 15 minutes to spend with each patient. The author shares advice on how to make the most of short patient visits, such as not rushing through a physical exam, asking questions and maintaining eye contact.
The author describes how spending a few minutes of "small talk" with a patient can strengthen the patient-physician relationship and improve quality of care.
By offering uninsured patients a set of services in exchange for an affordable monthly fee, this practice has reduced no-shows and improved its patients’ health.
The article describes an enrollment interview or family conference, which the author uses to introduce prospective patients to the practice and to lay the groundwork for a positive, long-term doctor-patient relationship.
Family dynamics can impact the doctor-patient relationship even when the doctor cares for only one member of a family. The author provides a list of key questions doctors should ask to help them better understand the wider context within which they care for the patient.
Jul-Aug 2004 Issue
Sticking the Landing: How to Create a Clean End to a Medical Visit [Improving Patient Care]
Seven skills will help you end the medical visit with greater satisfaction for both you and your patient.
The author discusses the value of kindness in medical care and explains why he teaches his FP residents to practice medicine with kindness and objectivity.
Patient education piece designed to help the patient understand how to read and understand doctor's bills and statements from their insurance companies.