Survey finds significant gaps in doctor-patient conversations

Americans define health in broad terms; wish doctors would talk to them about more than just physical health


Last updated 10/25/2018 at 10:41pm

WASHINGTON – Many Americans experience a disconnect between how they personally define health and how they talk about their health with their doctors. Nearly half, or 45 percent, of U.S. adults who have a primary care physician said they wish they talked with their doctor more about why they want to be healthy, and a majority of younger people – 57 percent of those aged 18-44 – said they wish their doctor would talk to them about treatments that do not involve medication, according to a new survey released by Samueli Integrative Health Programs.

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