There are a couple of books out about how quickly doctors size up our condition during an office visit. Their snap decisions are often quite wrong, and patients are reluctant to challenge them.
It could be that doctors just want to get to what is really on their minds… themselves. New research from the Archives of Internal Medicine indicates doctors talk a lot more than they listen.
Dr. McDaniel said, “I went to my doctor recently, and I realized after I left, when I was in the parking lot, that I had only asked one of my two questions because my doctor was telling me about his trip to Italy.”
I feel my doctor listens quite closely; he hardly ever says 'boo'. In fact, I wish he would talk more.
New York Times story, Study Says Chatty Doctors Forget Patients.