Futurity.org – We tolerate pain better when doctors listen

While a ridiculously small sample (9 women), this does make intuitive sense. Empathy reduces tension, makes us more relaxed, and thus could help reduce perceived pain. Quote:

“Medicine has for too long focused just on the physical dimensions of the patient,” says Robert Smith, professor of medicine, who co-authored the paper. “Those clinical questions are important and necessary, but we’re trying to demonstrate that when you let patients tell their story in an unfettered way, you get more satisfied patients who end up healthier.”

Futurity.org – We tolerate pain better when doctors listen.

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