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Survey shows disconnect in physician-patient conversations

A survey of over 2,000 adults conducted by the Harris Poll showed that although physical health was the focus of 74% of discussions between primary care physicians and their patients, only 44% of the conversations focused on diet, 36% on mental health and 10% on nonmedication approaches to health. The findings also showed that roughly 45% of respondents wanted to have discussions with their doctors about their life goals, while patients ages 18 to 24 wanted to discuss behavioral health determinants.

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