Patients tend to do better when their doctors pay attention to their individual needs and circumstances, according to a new study.

Previous studies had suggested that

patient-centered care led to better outcomes, but it was hard to know what doctors were talking about with patients.

Researchers didn’t know – for example – whether doctors simply increased patients’ medications when their blood pressures crept back up, or if they tried to find out why their current pills stopped working.

Instead of the medication, it could be that the patients could no longer afford their pills, or that they developed dementia and are forgetful.

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