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Study finds 45 minutes of patient education improves chronic disease management

Modern Healthcare
By Associated Press
November 19, 2018

Just 45 minutes of patient education can improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases, according to a study in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

The study, titled The Other 45, assigned 47 patients who were diagnosed with a chronic disease, like hypertension, COPD, or diabetes, to visit with a second-year medical student for 45 minutes after seeing their physician. That one-on-one session measurably improved patients’ attitudes and abilities in self-managing their care.