Monday, November 16, 2009

We Get More Time With Our Doctors – Not Less

Despite decreasing income and increasing pressures for greater efficiency among primary care doctors, Massachusetts researchers have reported that between 1997 and 2005, the average visit with their adult patients increased from 18 minutes to nearly 21.

The data shows doctors spending more time with older patients and less time with racial/ethnic minority groups. The extra face-time led to improvement in disease-screening, but no impact on the quality of drug prescription or diet/exercise counseling.

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