17 Interesting Facts About Doctors & Patients

Here's a roundup of articles on research done on the doctor-patient relationship and statistics about medical care. Who knew that surgeons are (on average) taller and better-looking than other doctors? Other results cover more important subjects, like misdiagnosis or incorrect medication instructions. Link -Thanks, Karen!

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Yeah, I realised that just after I posted. Although I then wonder why the parents didn't go for a second opinion. While I think we do need to trust the medical profession for its experience up to a point, there's nothing wrong with seeking second opinions. I know if I was told my kid was faking it for attention, I'd trust in my own instincts as to whether they were right or not.
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@ Pol X: You have my complete sympathy that you unfortunately stuck with a doctor that was a jerk and incompetent. I just wonder why you stuck with him/her?

What this article shows is not that doctors are all morons or idiots, but rather that (surprise!) they are human. Some are indeed idiots. Many are operating under woeful work conditions where they can't practice as they'd like (i.e., short consultation periods, little time off for PD etc.), which impacts on their practice. Skills shortages also often mean employing doctors from diverse cultural backgrounds, further contributing to problems.

As somebody with a pathology background, I can confidently say that most of the 'misdiognoses' aren't what they seem. Given a mix of influences, such as costs of lab tests and impact of medications, many doctors will estimate a diagnosis based on what will do the most good with the least patient cost and least intervention. I'm sure most people don't rush into theatre for an appendectomy the very moment they have a belly ache, for instance.

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