July 22, 2018 – Newsweek –
Doctors only spend 11 seconds on average listening to patients before interrupting them, according to a new study. Newsweek has picked up the essence of the recently published scholarly article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine .
The concluding point: There could be many reasons that many doctors haven’t been allowing patients to speak, including a lack of communication training, time constraints or burnout, researchers say. The scientists hope that future studies might reveal if allowing a patient to speak longer would positively affect the outcome of the visit.