The Human Touch

I found this article from the New York Times today particularly interesting. It’s about doctors asking the right questions of their patients, and taking the time to understand a patient’s history – rather than just “checking the right boxes.” The author tells a seemingly negligible story of a patient calling about a headache – but by asking the right questions, the doctor on the line saved the life of that patient, who was suffering from a rare postpartum condition.
The article discusses how doctors these days pay more attention to their charts than to their actual patients. What do you think? Have you had any experiences with hospitals or doctors like the ones in the article?
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