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# Patients who feel they have a good relationship with their doctors gen

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Patients who feel they have a good relationship with their doctors generally show more improvement in their health than those who lack a connection with their doctors. Patients who like their doctors show improved emotional well-being, are less anxious about their symptoms, and are more likely to follow doctors’ advice.

Which one of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the argument?

(A) Patients are more likely to take legal action against a doctor for malpractice if they believe that the doctor failed to establish a connection with them during their office visits.

(B) Recently, medical schools and health insurers have taken measures to improve doctorpatient communication.

(C) Doctors who work in stressful environments are much less likely to take the time to connect with patients than doctors in more relaxed settings.

(D) The average physician spends about 15 minutes with each patient during routine office visits.

(E) A large number of studies have confirmed that the more anxious a patient is, the more protracted his or her recovery from a medical condition is.

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14 Feb 2019, 18:56
I don't understand how it is E.
Stimulus talks about patients and doctors relationships and how this relationship impact positively the well being of patients.
E say that the more anxious a patient is, the more protracted his or her recovery from a medical condition is.
It doesn't connect stimulus as much better as that connected by option B.
Option B reinforces the stimulus, saying that medical schools and health insurers have taken measures to improve doctor-patient communication.

Now my question is why not B and why E.
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14 Feb 2019, 19:01
I also have same question. Why E, not B? Option E connects anxiety and recover of the patient. Shouldn't we go for something that reinforces that recovery of a patient depends on the patient's relationship with the doctor?

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14 Feb 2019, 19:31
My understanding behind the casual logic is this:

The question is a strengthen CR, we want the answer that provides the most support to main conclusion. I understand the main conclusion as: Patients who feel they have a good relationship with their doctors generally show more improvement . We want to find new information that supports this conclusion.

(A) Patients are more likely to take legal action against a doctor for malpractice if they believe that the doctor failed to establish a connection with them during their office visits.
Logic issue -> While there is an argument this could strengthen the idea that a good relationship shows sign of improvement, this implies that a doctor must establish a good relationship while the question stem uses hedging words such as feel and generally . This also does not mention any information about patient recovery time.

(B) Recently, medical schools and health insurers have taken measures to improve doctorpatient communication.
Not relevant -> Does not explain why they have taken these measures.

(C) Doctors who work in stressful environments are much less likely to take the time to connect with patients than doctors in more relaxed settings.
Not relevant -> Does not mention any link between patient improvement and personal connection. Similar to B, if we had more info that being less likely to connect caused less improvement, this could be correct.

(D) The average physician spends about 15 minutes with each patient during routine office visits.
Not relevant -> No new information about personal connection or patient improvement

(E) A large number of studies have confirmed that the more anxious a patient is, the more protracted his or her recovery from a medical condition is.
Correct answer -> Directly links back to patient recovery. At first glance it does not seem to relevant to question setting, however we can see from the question: Patients who like their doctors show improved emotional well-being, are less anxious about their symptoms. Here we can see the question is directly addressing anxiety in patients and showing that patients with more anxiety had a longer recovery period. Increased level of patient anxiety = longer recovery time
This strengthens the argument we can see from the question: personal connection with doctors = less anxiety = improved recovery time

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26 Feb 2019, 02:33
Bunuel wrote:
Patients who feel they have a good relationship with their doctors generally show more improvement in their health than those who lack a connection with their doctors. Patients who like their doctors show improved emotional well-being, are less anxious about their symptoms, and are more likely to follow doctors’ advice.

Which one of the following, if true, would provide the most support for the argument?

(A) Patients are more likely to take legal action against a doctor for malpractice if they believe that the doctor failed to establish a connection with them during their office visits.

(B) Recently, medical schools and health insurers have taken measures to improve doctorpatient communication.

(C) Doctors who work in stressful environments are much less likely to take the time to connect with patients than doctors in more relaxed settings.

(D) The average physician spends about 15 minutes with each patient during routine office visits.

(E) A large number of studies have confirmed that the more anxious a patient is, the more protracted his or her recovery from a medical condition is.

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

E. The argument claims that patients do better when they feel a connection to their doctors; the premises are three factors that result from liking one’s doctor. To support this argument, you need to find statements that link those factors with health improvements. Choice (A) doesn’t help. It illustrates the danger of people not liking their doctors but doesn’t prove the point that patients who like their doctors are healthier. Choice (B) may suggest that improving doctor-patient communication is desirable, but it doesn’t specifically link improved communication to improved patient health. Choice (C) presents a reason for poor doctor-patient communication but doesn’t show how that affects patient health. Choice (D) provides evidence of how the average doctor doesn’t have a good relationship with patients, but it doesn’t show the results of good doctor-patient rapport. Choice (E) does support the conclusion by linking one effect of liking a doctor (less anxiety) to a greater improvement in health. Choice (E) is correct.
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01 Mar 2019, 05:12
Improving communication does not mean having a good relationship.This is why I kicked B out.
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