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“”They don’t understand the terminology, they don’t know what kind of tests they’re supposed to get or why,” she said. “They don’t understand what staging means or the types of cancers. It happens all the time. We have to interpret what the doctor has said so they can ask intelligent questions…”
That’s how long you typically have to tell your doctor what’s wrong with you before he or she interrupts you and possibly sidetracks the conversation, a new study shows…
That’s just one thing her team discovered: The researchers also found that doctors were able to find out the patient’s primary reason for the visit only about one-third of the time.
The study authors noted that the medical interview is one of the key components of medicine. It helps to build a good doctor-patient relationship…
n the study, the researchers analyzed information from a random sample of 112 doctor-patient encounters from a study of 700 doctor-patient visits. The original study was done to test how well shared decision-making tools for treatments for chronic conditions worked. The patients visited doctors in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Sixty-one visits were with primary care doctors and 51 were with specialists. Forty-five doctors were female senior clinicians. Sixty-four patients were female.
The average visit lasted 30 minutes, the findings showed. The patient’s agenda was only identified in 36 percent of the visits. When the patient agenda was identified, the average visit lasted 35 minutes.
Primary care docs seemed to best specialty care physicians by a wide margin — nearly half of primary care doctors found out the main reasons patients were visiting. But only 20 percent of specialty care doctors did so. However, Singh Ospina said because the study sample was small, this difference didn’t reach statistical significance.
She also pointed out that when you go to a specialist, you often go with a referral for a specific condition. For example if you go to an endocrinologist, you likely have gone with a referral for diabetes treatment, so the doctor already knows the main reason for your appointment…”