Simple Questions: A Simple Innovation with Positive Health Results
I said I thought the medical schools might be overcomplicating a relatively simple situation – producing doctors expressing concern and showing understanding of a patient’s total life situation.
In the April 16 Wall Street Journal, Laura Landro, who writes the "Informed Patient" column The Journal, explains how doctors who ask the simple question, “How is your health affecting the quality of life?" are transforming patients’ health and lives for the better.
This improvement is even more dramatic when nurses and trained counselors regularly follow up with questions like these: Is your condition inhibiting your life? Does your disease make it hard to cope from day to day?
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