6 Annoying Things Doctors Tell Their Patients
Steve Berman | NursingLink
4. “We’re just about done.”
Usually this is said during an especially uncomfortable procedure. On the surface it isn’t a problematic phrase (you’d think it would be good news, actually), except it usually seems like doctors say this halfway through a series of shots or a painful test; not a time the person going through these procedures would consider to be anywhere near the end. Clearly it’s a way to pacify a patient who’s obviously in pain, to give him or her a light at the end of the tunnel to focus on. But if there’s still plenty of pain left to endure after hearing this phrase from your physician, it can be extremely frustrating.
5. “We’ll need to see you again in a couple days for some tests.”
Usually the patient’s internal response to this statement is something like, “Wait, couldn’t these tests have been scheduled for today’s visit? I have to come back again?” While doctors are never asked to take time away from work to visit you again and again in your office, they sometimes forget that patients have lives – and jobs. Getting time off work repeatedly within a short time frame can be difficult, especially if your manager is strict about paid time off or suspects that your doctor’s appointments aren’t legitimate.
6. “I just got some samples of a drug that might work for you.”
Most of the time this is a harmless statement, and the drug in question will help make you better. However, when you realize that your doctor is holding a pen with the drug’s name on it, which he uses to write down the prescription on a notepad with the same drug’s name, a doctor’s motives can be suspicious.
On the other hand, it’s important to remember that the vast majority of doctors are to be respected and listened to, especially when we find ourselves in their offices asking for help for what ails us. The best way to make sure your doctor provides optimum service is to come to your visits prepared with a list of your problems and an understanding that the doctor’s time is extremely valuable.
However, sometimes the doctor/patient relationship doesn’t pan out. If you can’t shake the feeling that your doctor is neglectful or offensive, it might make sense to try to change physicians. Sometimes it can pay to seek a second opinion.