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VIDEO, Study | How to make the most out of your next visit to the doctor

Doctor reveals the best way to prepare for your next appointment

By Mike Timmermann | August 21, 2018 10:00 am

If you’ve ever felt rushed during a doctor’s appointment, you won’t be surprised to learn that physicians only give patients 11 seconds on average to explain the reason for their visit before interrupting.

That’s according to a study from University of Florida researchers that was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Only a third of doctors ask patients to share the reason for their visit, and when they do, they interrupt after about 11 seconds, a recent study found. The findings are consistent with previous similar research and suggest the medical community is “far from achieving patient-centered care,” wrote the authors of the paper, published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. “The results of our study are worrisome,” lead author Dr. Naykky Singh Ospina, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Florida, told TODAY. “They suggest that physicians interrupt patients extremely quickly when they are expressing their concerns.”

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