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Patient Advocates: Divine Guidance
HealthyCal.org

The mind-boggling frustration of a simple visit to the doctor’s office is legendary. Clinicians interrupt patients offering medical histories within an average of 15 seconds. The typical length of a visit to a primary care physician is just 15 minutes. And after leaving, patients retain only a fraction of what a doctor has told them.

Add to this frustration the complexity of an older adult with chronic illnesses or dementia – not to mention normal age-related cognitive decline – and it’s a recipe for healthcare disaster.

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