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January 7, 2020

Can an Evidence-Based Approach Improve the Patient-Physician Relationship?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2University of Chicago Bucksbaum Center for Clinical Excellence, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2020;323(1):31-32. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.19427

The importance of the patient-physician relationship has been recognized for millennia.1,2 Concern that this special relationship is threatened has likely existed nearly as long, although more recently time constraints, insurer demands, novel technologies, and documentation burdens have intensified these worries.3,4 In their Special Communication in this issue of JAMA, Zulman et al report a novel study that proposes a limited number of evidence-based practices that may lead to more meaningful connections between patients and physicians.5

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