Many people express displeasure with the brevity of their medical appointments and the resulting limited opportunity to discuss their complaints with their physician. Those complaints, frequently, may be more about their emotional issues as well as concerns about their medical condition. For many patients, their doctor is the only one with whom they share personal information of any kind and they may rely on their doctor's response to help them determine the seriousness or lack of seriousness of their medical or emotional complaints.
An updated version of Patient-Doctor Communication is included in my new book, Help Me!. More information, including the table of contents, reviews and purchasing information is available on the Help Me! page.