Counseling: Brief Is Better
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:31 PM

When counseling patients on how to prevent kidney stones, it may be best to keep it brief, researchers reported.  In small sample of patients who'd had a kidney stone, only a quarter of patients remembered all the instructions they were given by a registered dietitian if they received three or more of them.  But half of those who were only given one or two instructions had perfect recall.

"If you're telling someone three dietary measures to change, or more, you're probably not getting through to them. Creating a hierarchy and giving one or two recommendations at this sitting, and one or two at the next, versus giving them five things and not giving [those] a priority, can really be to your detriment as well as the patients."