SDW news brief: Patients prefer when physicians sit, study says

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 9, 2010

A recent study from the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, KS, revealed patients feel physicians spend more time with them if the physician sits, rather than stands, during a visit.

The researchers randomly instructed a physician to either stand or sit when visiting patients recovering from routine back or neck surgery. On average, the physician spent one minute, 28 seconds when he stood, and one minute, four seconds when he sat. However, patients estimated that he spent three minutes, 44 seconds when he stood, but five minutes, 14 seconds when he sat down.

As well as over-estimating the amount of time the physician spent with them, the patients also reported higher levels of satisfaction with the visit when the physician sat.

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Source: Kansas City Star

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