A Visit to the Patients' Lawyer Can Reduce Stress

July 11, 2014 7:12 PM

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A Visit to the Patients' Lawyer Can Reduce Stress

Can a visit to see a lawyer actually reduce stress rather than cause it? Ask patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center Alvernon Family Medicine Clinic, and they will tell you "yes."

Nine years ago, the Department of Family and Community Medicine hired an attorney, not to represent the clinic, but to work as the "patients' lawyer" to address housing, hunger and insurance needs contributing to the poor health of its patients. It was a gamble on an approach to health care that pri...

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