Thursday, 19 April 2012

Recordings of appointments

As a patient, on of the hardest things about appointments is understanding everything that the doctor says! An innovative trial in Scotland is offering patients recordings of the appointments in which they find out bad news about their cancer. It is widely acknowledged that people only remember about 10% of a conversation, and this particular conversation about a terminal illness has a lot of information and emotions, making that harder.

Of course, patients can record their own appointments, but this demonstrates that the healthcare professionals understand the difficulties and it reassures the patient that it is normal to not feel overwhelmed by the information.

Read about the pilot here.

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