We live in a fast-paced world where everything has to happen quickly. If this web page took longer than a few seconds to load, your coffee order took a few minutes longer to make or you have to wait for a meeting to start, you likely start feeling anxious and uncomfortable, longing for a fast resolution to the lull in your life. These hurried feelings have even extended to the way we expect to experience health care. Once you make an appointment, you want to be seen as soon as possible and have your interaction last as little time as possible right?
Maybe not, but hurry has become the hallmark of healthcare in America. In a recent survey, six percent of all doctors spend less than nine minutes with their patients. 21 percent spend between nine and 12 minutes with patients, 29 percent spend between 13 and 16 minutes. In other words, more than half of all patient consultations in this country are less than 16 minutes long. It is no wonder doctors have become obsessed with the symptom or disease a patient is experiencing and the fastest way to treat it, rather than looking at the person in front of them as a whole and the symptom as an indicator of an underlying imbalance in their overall health. It is also no wonder that as a nation we are sicker than ever, with a higher reliance on harmful medication than ever.
The Five R’s
In our office, we use a unique, proprietary process called the Five R’s. This approach defines each stage of the wellness process and can help you know what to expect.