Building Better Doctor-Patient Ties Requires Finding Right ‘Fit,’ Sharing Information, Study Says

Building Better Doctor-Patient Ties Requires Finding Right ‘Fit,’ Sharing Information, Study Says
The keys to building better doctor-patient relationships are sharing information and responsibilities, and finding providers with the right 'fit,' according to researchers, who said people with fibromyalgia repeatedly experience difficulties in their clinical care interactions. These were the findings of a study, “Factors in the Building of Effective Patient–Provider Relationships in the Context of Fibromyalgia,” published in the journal Pain Medicine. People with fibromyalgia often report a lack of understanding from medical and healthcare staff, which translates into frustration. Similar challenges are reported by patients with chronic pain, often labeled as hypochondriacs and not taken seriously. To find ways to improve clinical interactions, the researchers examined which factors — from the patients’ perspectives — play an important role in building an effective relationship with physicians. They analyzed data from 23 fibromyalgia patients enrolled in a prior study, assessing the link between health management and information behavior over time. Participants were interviewed about their health history, information seeking and use, and social media participation. The mean total interview time was 2 hours and 26 minutes per patient. The researchers used interview transcripts for their analysis. Most participants were white women (22), with a varied range of age (from 21 to 79) and illness duration (from one year to 58 years). The majority (20) had the disease for more than fo
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