For physicians and patients, time is best medicine
My 21-day experiment in “slow medicine” convinced me that longer visits made me a more empathic, more cost-effective, and happier, physician. During those three weeks, I felt more relaxed and — was it my imagination? — my patients seemed more relaxed, too. I spent less time scribbling notes and more time looking at my patients and listening to them. I felt less tempted to order tests, write prescriptions, or send a patient to a consultant.