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5 Shocking Stats About Doctors

Nina Kim | NursingLink

#4: Doctors DON’T Consult Parents

Only 21 states explicitly allow all minors to consent to contraceptive services without parental permission. Legalities aside, contraceptives can cause health complications for women, including stroke, blood clots, bone density loss, or pain.

Because of their young age, minors may not fully understand the health implications of taking such contraceptives. Yet despite these medical risks and state laws, 58% of doctors would give adolescents contraceptives without parental consent. Let’s hope these doctors are properly informing their patients and taking every precaution.


Source: New England Journal of Medicine



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    Andrijana

    about 4 years ago

    16 comments

    And who are you Nina Kim (writer of this article)? Statistics would not be much different if you would do the same among nurses. All people are just people. I bet you have your little nasty habit that you keep from others. Why pushing health providers - doctors and nurses - against each others. They are team!! They HAVE TO RESPECT each other, no matter what!! Posting things like this is treason of health industry and intentional call for fight! SHAME! And shame on nurses and doctors that accept thrown bone.

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    mktuohy

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    What a sensationalist piece of rubbish. Really the same old tiresome approach of pitting one provider against another. I don't believe, nor does this piece of trash article claim, that doctors are any different than other health care workers. Isn't that the more important point... that we are all part of a team and can all improve here. Surely you can raise the bar a little higher, but in the meantime I've unsubscribed.

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    varnell

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Not shocked at all, I have worked in surgery and have seen almost everything you could think of from Doctors.

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    metot

    about 4 years ago

    2308 comments

    shocking..

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    arimner

    about 4 years ago

    16 comments

    I am not surprised at all to hear this, they are just as human as the people that they take care of. The person who wrote this is looking for a fight and wants to pick apart these poor doctors.
    What they should be writing about is the fact that there are less and less new doctors going into the field, why you may wonder, why would anyone want to become something that everyone else thinks of as one who never understands what is going on and who knows nothing about the human body. They went to school for how many years and you are to tell me that they know nothing of the human body. The problem is that they get tired just like everyone else and when day in and day out they deal with thankless people, who think they ignorant because they cannot cure there disease. Well these people would not have these diseases if they would change the way that they live and use some of valuable information that we have so much of but are failing to use.

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    FydawgRN

    about 4 years ago

    36 comments

    Not surprised at all, and have heard at least two doctors try to throw nurses under the bus when they mess up. And many more that give ambiguous orders and then won't give clarifications when asked for it.

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    gypsy140

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Not shocked at all, having worked for them. As a nursing student, I think it's a good thing that I know the failings of (some) of the people I will be working with. They are good ones, and ones who play by the rules, but in today's society, being good and following the rules usually doesn't win you much; something doctors are obsessed with, especially in regards to prestige.

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    ebradd

    about 4 years ago

    18 comments

    i cant belive they woudnt wash there hands

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    merrywhiterose

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    It's better to give a teenager birth control, than refuse them (knowing they'll probably get pregnant). Pregnancy has more risks than birth control. It's not surprising that drs. cover each other, because there are so many patients that would sue over any little thing. The world is sue-happy. What's wrong with getting freebies? I've been given some of those free sample meds when I couldn't afford to buy them myself.

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    K123G4590

    about 4 years ago

    30 comments

    Not surprising, I have come across the many wit one or several of the above .And I insisited to make my point though not resolved.ie walking into operation room with his own outfit and dirty shoes.

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    smschafle

    about 4 years ago

    50 comments

    To note some unethical practices regarding physicans, all you have to do is work at a long term care facility for a few weeks...ahhhh...you won't believe what you will find out about physicians.

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    npennantj

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I am not surprise about the whole hand washing situation, I have seen that like too many times. Its ashame because as healthcare providers our number one concern should be patient safety, and preventing the spread of germs and bacteria which could lead to a patient getting sicker. The obesity situation with doctors upset me, because they know better. You must practice one you preach and be an example.

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    china_cat84

    about 4 years ago

    8 comments

    maryellen001 - It may not be as "wrong" as the tickets to sporting events and vacations but it's still not right. For one thing, there has been extensive research to show that if these companies stopped paying doctors and giving freebies, the costs of their medications would drastically decrease! So don't tell someone who has to pay $342 a month for a medication that it's not wrong. Not only that, but it's not right to try to persuade Drs. to prescribe certain medications when something else might be better for the patient. I used to go to a doctor that would prescribe me the weirdest things - I complained of feeling tired and being cold all the time, and he prescribed Zoloft! Turns out I was hypothyroid and he was just prescribing it because he had a meeting with a Zoloft rep that day. Needless to say, I stopped going to him.

    I have been in the medical business since I was born - my mom is a nurse and I would spend days hanging out at the hospital and listening to all the nurses talk. When I became 16, I was a CNA and I dealt with drs a little but more. When I became 19, I went to nursing school. When I was 21, I got my RN. When I was 22, I got my BSN. These facts do not surprise me at all - I just wish patients knew about them. Another surprising fact (at least where I work LOL) is that probably 25-30% of all doctors are at least a little incompetent. They don't listen to their patients, they do what they want to do, and screw everyone else! I can't count how many times I've had to remind this one doctor that some patients were allergic to certain drugs that he was about to order!

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    mforeman

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    The handwashing compliance really bugs me, because I know that's true. The rest of it......well..... I'm not shocked a bit.

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    airborne55

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    not shocked at all....34 years of nursing have revealed those secrets a long, long time ago...

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