Companion boosts elderly's care satisfaction on medical visits

07/15/2008 | Yahoo!

Seniors may be more satisfied with their medical care if they bring along a friend or relative when they visit their physician, Johns Hopkins researchers suggest. Their study of more than 12,000 Medicare beneficiaries showed companions provided vital help to seniors -- 64% wrote down comments and instructions given by the physician, shared information about the patient's medical condition and asked questions.

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