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Do Patients Benefit with a Companion at the Doctor’s?

Older people who bring a friend or relative to the doctor with them report greater satisfaction with their medical care. The more active the companion is in asking questions, writing instructions, scheduling appointments, or helping with transportation, the more favorable the patients’ experience.

“Visit companions are commonly present in older adults’ routine medical encounters, actively engaged in care processes, and influential to patients’ satisfaction with physician care.”

Source:Consumer Reports on Health, October 2008, from the Archives of Internal Medicine, Medical Visit Companions as a Resource for Vulnerable Older Adults, 7/14/08

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