Survey Shows Many Patients with RA Uncomfortable Asking Their Physicians Questions

Healio—June 3, 2015

According to the results of a study released by Pfizer, many patients are not comfortable asking questions of their physicians. This study was conducted between September 2014 and January 2015 in conjunction with Pfizer's rheumatoid arthritis (RA) NarRAtive Advisory Panel. 

RA NarRAtive panel member, Allan Gibofsky MD, JD, FACP,FCLM, a professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and an attending rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, told that physicians can learn to facilitate communication and improve the quality of interactions with patients using simple techniques, such as making eye contact more often and taking time to listen. 

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