Doc: Why the 15-minute office visit has to go

"Visits involving minor problems or their follow-up care are rightly brief. I hurry through patients with bloodshot eyes and fading rashes, banking the extra minutes for needier patients in the hours ahead," writes Michael Stein, M.D., an internist and professor of medicine, health services, policy and practice at Brown University, in a commentary for the Washington Post about the scourge of the 15-minute office visit. "I'll need that time, because the 15-minute standard doesn't take into account that the average patient in 2015 is older, with more complex problems and more treatment options, than a patient 25 years ago." Throughout the piece, Stein describes the struggle to which many physicians can relate--and calls for change to prevent time pressure from undermining good care. Commentary