Re - Doctors and Patients

Another piece to the NY Times - Science Times. It didn’t make it, so I’m publishing it here

Here’s some background information on this topic from Medscape

To the editor: Re “Fearing Drugs’ Rare Side Effects, Millions Take Their Chances With Osteoporosis” by Gina Kolata (Science Times, Jun 1):

As a medical student following physicians when they visit patients, I believe the patients feel fundamentally disconnected from their doctors. Lower adherence to medication is fueled by this disarray for a plethora of reasons: Abrupt or pithy consultations, grievances regarding insurance laws, limited health literacy and generally a lack of cooperation from the staff at a doctor’s office.

These problems are difficult to fix in the current overburdened healthcare system, but even in a brief consultation, physicians should not forget profound impact of human connection. After all, a patient just aspires to be engaged, attended and heard, like most of us.