Friday, August 1, 2008

Doctor-patient relationship in NYT

The NY Times had a piece this week briefly looking at the troubled doctor-patient relationship, and how it appears to be deteriorating. Insurance, the internet, lack of time are all implicated. As is this:

Dr. David H. Newman, an emergency room physician at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan, says there is a disconnect between the way doctors and patients view medicine. Doctors are trained to diagnose disease and treat it, he said, while “patients are interested in being tended to and being listened to and being well.”
HT to Dr. Paul McIntyre.

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