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Study finds 5 ways to improve patient-physician visits

Data from 27 primary care visits in three settings, interviews with health care professionals, patients and other professionals, and a review of 73 studies led researchers to make five practice recommendations for improving patient-physician visits. The recommendations, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, included preparing for a meaningful interaction, attentive listening, agreement on health goals, connecting with the patient, and tuning in to emotional hints.

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