What Is You 'Patient' Personality?

PatientArchetypesA national survey released today by Vitals found that, when it comes to the type of relationship people have with their doctors, there are three distinct patient personalities, each with their own unique set of qualities.

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The stakes for people finding satisfaction in their doctor-patient relationship are high. Studies in the past have confirmed that patients who trust their doctor are more likely to comply with medical advice and prescribed regimes and, as a result, be healthier.

Among some of the most astonishing findings, the study indicated that 56 percent of people spend several days researching the right doctor. The top reasons people cited as grounds to “break up” with their doctor were if the office stopped taking their insurance (40 percent), if they disagreed with a diagnosis (21 percent) or if the practice moved to a new location that was an extra 20 minute drive (17 percent).