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After 40 Years Patients Still Crave Attention And Respect

Posted on | October 22, 2009 | No Comments

Barbara_Ficarra

Guest Blog | Barbara Ficarra
October 21, 2009 | Patient Advocacy

The Doctor/Patient Relationship

What do patients want? Despite the technological promises of the Health 2.0 movement, in some ways it’s really no different today than it was forty years ago.

An article that appeared in Time Magazine on May 13, 1966 says:

“Today, Americans get far better medical care than ever before; as for the rest [of the doctor-patient relationship], they are often lucky to get as much as a hurried smile. The result is a troubling paradox: at a time when medical skill has reached new pinnacles, the doctor-patient relationship has badly deteriorated. It is a situation that both irritates the patient and worries the medical profession”. (to continue…)

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