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Study says patient-centered care tied to lower costs, better outcomes
Modern Healthcare

A good bedside manner not only puts patients at ease, it can help lower medical costs and reduce unnecessary medical interventions, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Physicians who engage in personalized discussions with patients and urge them to take a more active role in their own treatment—known as “patient-centered care”— produce better outcomes and fewer frivolous and costly tests and specialist referrals, researchers at the University of California at Davis said.