Engaging with patients is a time-honoured tradition in medicine, and by no means a new concept. A great physician-patient relationship is something that every patient would love to have. Back in the day, the physician was like Marcus Welby – they would visit your house and know all about you and your family. This arrangement was not only great for improving the physician-patient relationship, but also improved health outcomes by providing the most patient-centered care possible.
Today, many medical professionals face some new challenges in making that all-important connection. These days, doctors are pressed for time and don’t have that same one-on-one relationship with their patients. While doctors can pull up a chair and speak to the patient at eye level, technology is playing a greater role these days. The increasing role of technology in healthcare has been advantageous in some ways, but has posed new challenges, too.
In this blog, David Mayer explores the challenges physicians face.