Direct Primary Care pioneer Josh Umbehr, MD who founded Atlas.MD highlights the power of slowing down and taking time in his blog post “Gain Time by Slowing Down with Your Patients” published on kevinmd.com this week. The common problem of rushing from task to task only lessens our ability to fully engage in the task at hand.
Physicians in office practice are often pushed to do this more and more. It has been said that the average office visit for an adult in the United States is only 8 minutes long.
In Trinity’s Direct Primary Care offices we don’t feel that pressure. We set aside 30 minutes per visit at minimum. If patients need more, it is easy to schedule more. I’ve had the opportunity to spend hours with new patients to help solidify a better treatment plan for their concerns.
If you rush from task to task, I encourage you to slow down, take a breath, and focus. Consider what slowing down might do for your health. If you feel your doctor is rushed from task to task, I encourage you to ask them to slow down, take a breath, and focus. Consider, too, what a Direct Primary Care membership might do for your healthcare.