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The Future of Physicians' Time

Ian Morrison, PhD
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Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(1):80-84. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-132-1-200001040-00013
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Pressures on physicians' time have intensified over the past two decades. The rise of managed care in particular has had a negative effect on the quantity and quality of time that physicians spend with patients. In the future, patients will have an increasingly active role in health care and use of the Internet will become more frequent. These factors, coupled with dazzling new medical technologies, will profoundly affect the role of physicians and the ways in which they spend their time.

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Past, Present, and Future
Posted on February 26, 2011
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, Mo 65641
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Life is full of unfinished business. We are all burdened with a backlog of unsolved mystery and unresolved history. How do we balance this backlog with the pressures of the present? We should peruse the past, in order to prepare ourselves for projecting the present into the future. We are never finished with the past, and must live with it forever.

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