Check out this Op-Ed from The New York Times by Internal Medicine physician Danielle Ofri. She cites a recent Canadian study which shows that empathic, caring ¬†conversation from their physical therapists actually reduced the patients’ ¬†pain more than a medical procedure designed to treat their condition. Ofri says, “This is a finding that should give all medical professionals pause: Communication alone was more effective than treatment alone.”

 

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