Most people assume that doctors and other medical providers are obligated to tell patients and family members the truth. After all, how else can we make informed decisions about our health care? Therefore, a recent poll of doctors and nurses (including advance practice registered nurses) may be unsettling. The website Medcape surveyed 286 doctors and 362 nurses.
Psychologists typically have fewer malpractice suits filed against them than medical doctors who treat people for physical ailments and diseases. (Note that psychiatrists are also medical doctors and can prescribe drugs.)
We all know people who constantly interrupt. They think they know what we're about to say, so they finish our sentences for us. As we're speaking, they're reminded of something that impacts them, so they hijack our story and tell their own. Often, they're not even listening to us. They just interrupt and take over the conversation.
We know that doctors sometimes misdiagnose conditions. In the more serious cases, they may tell a patient they have a mild condition when it's actually something very serious and potentially fatal without proper treatment.
With the holidays upon us, many of our physicians are taking long vacations. A number of experienced physicians in hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers may be doing the same. This can leave patients who fall off a ladder hanging Christmas lights or crash their brand new mountain bike over the holidays in the hands of less experienced health care providers or waiting long periods to be seen by anyone.
You probably don't expect sales representatives to be in the operating room while you're undergoing surgery. However, if you're having a medical device inserted or replaced, there may be a rep there.
Many of us don't go anywhere without our smartphones. They're constantly pinging with incoming emails, texts and comments on our Facebook posts -- not to mention phone calls.
Many physicians who decide to practice emergency medicine do so because they like the idea that no one day will be like the next. While doctors who work in the emergency room may appreciate the adrenaline rush that comes with working there, they have to be prepared to diagnose patients who come in with a variety of conditions. It shouldn't come as a surprise that they tend to make many diagnostic errors.
If you're dealing with a serious illness, you're likely spending more time than you'd like around doctors and other health care professionals in office settings and perhaps even in the hospital. The last thing you need is for a serious mistake to threaten your health or injure you. However, in a recent study, almost 25 percent of seriously ill people surveyed reported that they'd experienced a serious error.
A medical malpractice case made it all the way to the Mississippi Supreme Court. After hearing the case, the justices ruled in the defendants' favor.