“ScienceDaily (July 10, 2009) — Some cold medicines will shave a day off your suffering from the common cold, but they often produce unpleasant side effects.
A new study shows, for the first time, that the doctor’s empathy may be an even better way to speed recovery.
People recover from the common cold faster if they believe their doctor shows greater compassion toward their illness, according to a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health study, published in the July issue of Family Medicine.
The study, conducted in primary care clinics in southern Wisconsin, involved 350 participants who had one of three types of encounters with doctors: no interaction at all, a standard encounter with discussion of medical history and present illness, or an advanced interaction where the doctor asked more questions and seemed to show more concern for the patient. [Read more…] about Doctor’s Compassion May Help Cure Colds Faster