Doctors advised to stop interrupting...yeah right

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by GoDaleJr, Sep 28, 2002.

  1. GoDaleJr

    GoDaleJr New Member

    Doctors Advised to Stop Interrupting and Listen
    Fri Sep 27,10:57 AM ET

    LONDON (Reuters) - Doctors should keep quiet and let patients explain their problems instead of interrupting them, Swiss scientists said Friday.

    Most patients can explain what is wrong with them in less than two minutes and many may even be swifter, according to Dr. Wolf Langewitz of University Hospital in Basle.

    But research from the United States has shown that doctors usually start talking after about 22 seconds.

    "Doctors do not risk being swamped by their patients' complaints if they listen until a patient indicates that his or her list of complaints is complete," Langewitz said in a report in the British Medical Journal.

    When he and his colleagues used a hidden stopwatch to time patients until they were finished talking, the average time was 92 seconds, although elderly patients tended to take longer.

    "Even in a busy practice driven by time constraints and financial pressure, two minutes of listening should be possible and will be sufficient for nearly 80 percent of patients," Langewitz added.



  2. GoDaleJr

    GoDaleJr New Member

    Doctors Advised to Stop Interrupting and Listen
    Fri Sep 27,10:57 AM ET

    LONDON (Reuters) - Doctors should keep quiet and let patients explain their problems instead of interrupting them, Swiss scientists said Friday.

    Most patients can explain what is wrong with them in less than two minutes and many may even be swifter, according to Dr. Wolf Langewitz of University Hospital in Basle.

    But research from the United States has shown that doctors usually start talking after about 22 seconds.

    "Doctors do not risk being swamped by their patients' complaints if they listen until a patient indicates that his or her list of complaints is complete," Langewitz said in a report in the British Medical Journal.

    When he and his colleagues used a hidden stopwatch to time patients until they were finished talking, the average time was 92 seconds, although elderly patients tended to take longer.

    "Even in a busy practice driven by time constraints and financial pressure, two minutes of listening should be possible and will be sufficient for nearly 80 percent of patients," Langewitz added.



  3. barlow

    barlow New Member



    We read about that also down here in New Zealand yesterday.(Our Saturday right now it is our Sunday evening).

    Shalom Anne a.k.a. barlow
  4. Shoobie

    Shoobie New Member

    This is so true! I just got the same treatment from my doctor this week, although my husband and I just continued to talk because we felt she NEEDED to hear it anyway. She's now referred me to see a rheumy and I'm brining a printout of this in case he does the same thing.

    Thanks for posting this!

    -Shoobie
  5. dlizard

    dlizard New Member

    that the average american physician visit is 7 minutes long... so if we talk 2 minutes and they write stuff down 2 minutes,,, you get the point... yes DOCTORS are paid to listen and treat,,,, if you take your car to the shop and come back with it still broken,.... do you take it back and demand it be fixed??? I do. And I demand the same services from my physicians.. I am always very organized and have my lists of symptoms and questions... I expect* respect and have left many an office after feeling that noone is listening... I will continue to be my own advocate at all costs!