This study appearing in Archives of Internal Medicine (out last week) found that primary care physicians have increased the amount of time they spend with patients by about three minutes between 1997 and 2005.
It was a result, in both the mainstream media and the not-so-mainstream media, presented with amazement, astonishment, and awe.
Well, I operate under the assumption that physicians are generally pretty good people. When the job at hand requires additional time in order to be completed professionally, they’ll do just that. Older, more complicated, and more empowered patients take more time to care for. As patients become older, more complicated, and more empowered the time required to care for them will continue to increase as medicine provides care with the methods and technology it has used for years.