Why Money Is Well Spent on Time

AMA J Ethics. 2022 Dec 1;24(12):E1155-1160. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2022.1155.


There are a few reasons why incentivizing clinicians to spend more time with patients can improve health outcomes. Doing so affords clinicians time to assess social determinants' influences on their patients' health experiences; offers opportunities to identify and respond to patients' loneliness; and helps motivate patients' trust in health care, strengthen patient-clinician relationships, and bolster patients' adherence to clinicians' recommendations.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Health Facilities
  • Humans
  • Patients*
  • Trust