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Physicians need more time with their patients to consider the psychosocial aspects of health problems, according to the President of the World Medical Association, Dr Miguel Jorge.
Speaking at a World Health Organization meeting in Muscat, Oman on non-communicable diseases and mental health, Dr Jorge said that medical education and training placed a strong emphasis on the biological aspects of diseases and their treatment. ‘But, particularly for NCDs and mental health, there is a need for physicians to take into consideration the psychosocial aspects affecting their patients’, he said. ‘The physician-patient relationship requires enough time at each contact to allow for a comprehensive person-centered approach – and that often means more time than is usually provided.’ (WMA, December 11, 2019)