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Innovations in Health Care Delivery
June 14, 2016

Reengineering the Physical Examination for the New Millennium?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2016;315(22):2391-2392. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.4470

Most patients hope for more face-to-face time with their physicians. Most physicians want to ensure that (1) a diagnosis, treatment plan, and the expected benefits or adverse effects of treatment are well understood by the patient; (2) the patient is treated respectfully; and (3) the personal perspective of the patient is well understood by the physician. Similar to patients, particularly in the era of the electronic health record, physicians also desire a more meaningful interchange with their patients.