It is estimated that millions of dollars a year are spent in excess due to patients not adhering to treatment plans. This could be easily avoided with better communication between doctors and patients.
Both are responsible for poor physician-patient relationships, as doctors are under increasingly tight schedules resulting in less time being spent with patients and patients are frequently unprepared for visits.
So what can you, as a physician, do to improve communication with your patients?
Reviewing the patient’s health record before even stepping into the exam room and giving them an overview of how the appointment will proceed are easy ways you can improve communication and the patient-physician relationship.
Read more ways you can better engage with your patients at Fierce Healthcare.