The average medical appointment lasts just 20 minutes. Racing through an exam might make it hard to address your health concerns or ask questions about a diagnosis, and that could have a serious impact on your health.
A study published in Annals of Family Medicine found that patients who assigned their doctors high ratings for listening to their concerns, offering easy to understand explanations and showing respect for their needs were in better health than those whose doctors had lower scores. In short, stronger doctor-patient relationships were associated with better health.
“These relationship efforts…allow healthcare providers to personalize and integrate your health care and promote your health ,” explained study lead R. Henry Olaisen PhD, MPH, adjunct assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University.
Developing a better relationship with your healthcare provider could be the key to improving your health. Try these 6 strategies before your next appointment.