“15-minute doctor visits take a toll on patient-physician relationships”

So is the title of a recent PBS News Hour article underwritten by Kaiser Health News .

And it  couldn’t be more true.

“By all accounts, short visits take a toll on the doctor-patient relationship, which is considered a key ingredient of good care, and may represent a missed opportunity for getting patients more actively involved in their own health. There is less of a dialogue between patient and doctor, studies show, increasing the odds patients will leave the office frustrated.”

As more and more people are beginning to realize, modern medicine’s current model of 15 minute visits (which became wide-spread in the early 1990’s) simply does not serve anyone.  Not patients. Not providers. Nobody.

crazy-mom-300x211Particularly telling are the studies mentioned in the article,  of family physician practices finding that doctors let patients speak for only 12- 23 seconds before redirecting them, with only one in four patients finishing their statement.

How can anyone possibly truly help you if there isn’t time or space to listen to what’s wrong?

Hearing about studies like this, I am deeply saddened by the state of healthcare, but I’m not surprised.

As this PBS article goes on to say, “Medical schools drill students in the art of taking a careful medical history, but studies have found doctors often fall short in the listening department. It turns out they have a bad habit of interrupting.”

And interrupting someone when the issue or topic itself is sensitive or emotionally charged, carries with it a weight that can be hard to overcome.

So what is being done about it?

At Nature Cures Clinic, we ARE doing something about it.  Our dedication to helping you 5525048817_c71637e08d_zoptimize your health means we make time to get to know you, talk with you, and perhaps most importantly- listen to you in appointment times that average between 30-45 minutes.

We have prioritized longer patient visits because we believe you need the time to ask your questions and have time to explore the answers, to truly optimize your health and healing.

It is true that in medicine today there exists a very real financial burden on providers to cut time to maximize visits (and costs), but at Nature Cures Clinic we are motivated by more than ‘the bottom line’.

We hope to inspire, listen,  support, and encourage you in optimizing your health.

Nature Cures Clinic, where patients know providers, and providers know your name.

Call today to schedule: 503-287-4970