Over the last 30 years, medical advances have provided technology beyond our imagination; the ability to diagnose a condition down to the cellular level, much faster and more accurately than ever before. Add to this the rapid pace of medical care with increasing numbers of patients who have complex chronic illnesses, doctors and nurses have less time to get to know a patient personally.
Medical knowledge and technology are advancing faster than we can apply them wisely. The humanistic elements of medical care are becoming displaced. What are some of the steps needed to improve the quality of medical care, preserve the doctor-patient relationship, and increase the satisfaction of both patient and physician?