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Bedside interaction 'better when clinicians sit'

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Patients often perceive that a clinician has spent more time at their bedside when they sit rather than stand, according to nurse researchers from the University of Kansas Hospital.

They compared the actual length of 120 consultations with estimates.

Patients perceived the clinician as present longer when they sat, even though the actual time spent at the bedside did not change significantly whether they sat or stood.

Patients also reported a more positive interaction when the clinician sat.

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