Benefits of a good relationship between a patient and their physicians ‘cannot be overstated,’ but in many instances, is lacking. Research has shown this rapport can affect diagnosis, adherence, and outcomes.
In their new editorial, “Connecting With Patients – The Missing Links,” Yale Department of Internal Medicine’s ; and Auguste H. Fortin VI, MD, MPH, MACP; along with Gordon D. Schiff, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital outlined practices for physicians and patients to undertake to improve their interaction.
The trio comments on the Special Communication authored by the VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Donna Zulman, MD, MS and colleagues, and applaud their ‘repackaging’ the five ‘well known’ principles in the piece, but cite current barriers to implementation, such as the poorly designed electronic medical record, insufficient appointment length, patients with challenging conditions, and other evidence of a lack of support within the current medical system.
“Physicians need to address the current medical system and recognize the patient-physician relationship as the most important diagnostic tool,” said the editorialists.
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