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The Importance of Empathy in Primary Care

While it is inherently important to have a primary care doctor who listens to you and provides positive interactions, research also shows that an empathetic relationship can also have a significant impact on your health.

A recent study published by NCBI, was conducted on the doctor-patient interaction and its impact on the severity and duration of the common cold. Results found that when patients perceived their doctor as caring and empathetic they had reduced severity, a shorter cold and physiological changes--including lower positive immune response in the blood--were detected as well. This study demonstrates the importance of building a trusting relationship with your primary care giver and how empathy can make a huge difference on not only the patient’s perceptions but their health outcomes as well.

Dr. Julia Snyder of R-Health educates people on the practice of integrative and holistic medicine, and how it allows doctors to treat the whole person while focusing on mind, body, spirit and environment. Holistic doctors are able to use all healing modalities from medications to diet and exercise changes, mind-body tools and much more. They are able to focus on the prevention and optimization of health by taking a proactive approach to correct small imbalances before they lead to bigger diseases.

Location: 1040 Kings Highway N., Cherry Hill, NJ. For more information, call 856-523-4323 or visit R-Health.md. 

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