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How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman
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Jan 12, 08

bookshelves: z-location-home, consultation, medicine
Read in January, 2008

Pressure from insurance companies mean doctors need to see many patients to afford a practice. This means juggling hundreds of individuals and limiting visits to less than 15 minutes. Easily identified issues are identified with these kinds of visits. Some doctors know within seconds the diagnosis, only order tests to confirm, and ignore minor evidence to the contrary.

Patients can stop this by encouraging doctors to slow down and expand their thinking. Good questions can result in doctors making better quality judgments.

Well written. Very anecdotal. Some references to studies.
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