How to Combat the Lack of Doctor-Patient Interaction


In general, physicians are transitioning away from interpersonal bonds with patients, due to time restraints, depersonalization of electronic medical records, and the methods by which doctors are paid. Organizations are trying to combat this lack of interaction. However, it is definitely a struggle to achieve consistency in physician behavior, since every doctor has a different personality.

Nonetheless, organizations can start with standardizing a common approach. Organizations should transition from traditional medical practice models to team-based care. A more collaborative approach will increase productivity and efficiency, while increasing gross patient revenues. It also allows patients and physicians to maximize the time they spend together. The delegation of responsibilities, from documentation to follow-up information, will free up a physician's time to focus more on the patient. This will overall improve the quality of care.

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