Difficult patients increase challenges for physicians

Accreditation Connection, February 27, 2009

One in six physicians reported they regularly encountered patients who appeared to be dissatisfied with their care, while one in seven said they frequently dealt with patients who had unrealistic expectations, USA Today reports.

The study, conducted by the Archives of Internal Medicine, surveyed 449 general internists at 118 clinics. The most frequent behavior identified among difficult patients was insisting on an unnecessary drug.

For additional information on this study, click here.

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