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Chronic Care Diagnoses Need Better Patient-Provider Communication

February 8, 2018 - When diagnosing a patient with a chronic illness, the way a clinician communicates with the patient matters. But a new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine shows that there are several areas in which patient-provider communication can improve during a chronic care diagnosis. Diabetes is a prevalent chronic illness and the rate of diagnosis is expected to increase substantially...


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