But how do doctors feel about it when a patient walks in with a list? The American Academy on Communication in Healthcare published the results of a study in its journal, Medical Encounters. In the study, e-mail surveys were sent to all members of the University of Wisconsin's Departments of General Internal Medicine and Family Medicine -- plus all family medicine residents -- to find out how these doctors feel about patients bringing in lists to office visits. Among the 217 surveys returned (54% of those contacted ):
- 60% of the doctors surveyed reported that patients came with a list "very often" or "sometimes."
- 75% of the doctors surveyed "thought their effectiveness improved when patients were involved in setting the agenda for the visit."
- 65% believed if patients came with a list, their office visit would take more time.
Overall, the survey concluded that more research was needed to explore how patients can be proactive regarding their medical care without increasing the length of appointments.
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Source: Medical Encounter , Vol. 23, No. 3 Fall 2009, journal of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare