Make patient education a priority

By Michael F. Schafer, MD

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An essential role of orthopaedic surgeons is to educate patients. As a recent study in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found, information available to patients on the Internet is highly variable, so it’s our job to help them separate fact from fiction. But since the time we have with patients in the office is limited, arming them with accurate, unbiased information before they arrive in the exam room is a benefit.

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