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Study: Doctors' Chit-Chat Hinders Patients

A new study finds that doctors often talk about their lives and their hobbies in the course of seeing their patients, and that, rather than being helpful, the chit-chat often gets in the way.

The study — "Physician Self-disclosure in Primary Care Visits: Enough About You, What About Me?" — is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Its lead author, Dr. Susan McDaniel of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, talks with Robert Siegel.


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