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Old 04-07-2010, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you were a doctor, what would you do different from the way typical doctors run their practice?
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I would hook up with a nutritional specialist and help my patients find healthy alternatives to the toxic chemicals pushed by the drug companies.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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do not overbook, have better rapport with my patients, and take the time to LISTEN. Active listening is a powerful quality that few possess.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:08 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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I'll second the rapport factor. My current doctor has a personality better suited for a coroner than a GP.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:18 AM
 
Location: Somewhere on Earth
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do not overbook, have better rapport with my patients, and take the time to LISTEN. Active listening is a powerful quality that few possess.
I think it's very hard for doctors to not overbook. Especially since so many people are wanting to visit the limited doctors. Overbooking leads to limited time for each patient, which means less time to listen to everything the patient have to say before making a diagnostic.

I do have to agree that even with enough time, doctors are not known for their good listening skills. That's something they don't teach you in med school or most residency programs

But equally responsible are the patients that come in without a clue on what their problems are. X limb hurts and Y limb is numb doesn't really help the doctor to determine what the problem is...just trying to extract enough information out of the patient is taxing enough and uses up a majority of the appointed time..

The patient-doctor dynamic is a strange one indeed as both have faults that cause the opposite party to become confused/frustrated. Elevating these problems would have to involve a campaign in educating the masses, which won't likely happen unfortunately
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I agree that the nutritional counseling patient support is a great idea.

Once I went to an 'integrative physician' with high hopes and he not only prescribed drugs but tried to sell me some overpriced supplements that he stocked in his office...the worst of both worlds...but very profitable for him.

If I were a doctor I'd like to de-select non-compliant, unmotivated patients and work with patients who wanted to take charge of their own health through lifestyle changes.

So many patients want a quick fix with a pill and don't want to give up their fast foods and big steak and baked potatoes with sour cream, washed down with a half gallon of soft drink diets.

Oftentimes it's not the doctor's fault when patients won't moderate their lifestyle choices--and I would imagine it's got to be very frustrating for a health professional to see so many people digging their early graves with a fork.

What about you? Would you follow a new way of eating if your doctor told you your old way is killing you? Would you begin an exercise program? Or would you opt for the magic fix-it pills??
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Especially since so many people are wanting to visit the limited doctors.
Limited? Really? No, I'm not being sarcastic. It looks to me there are doctors at every corner. And if the number of doctors is really limited, why aren't more doctors imported? The US have been known for years for importing brains when the country is short on them... Perhaps because the idea is no longer attractive to foreigners.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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If you were a doctor, what would you do different from the way typical doctors run their practice?
Probably nothing because I would be worried about whether or not any of my patients' lawyers could prove gross negligence if something went wrong. Overkill everything, do not significantly deviate from standard practices, never make even an obvious diagnosis without lab results/biopsy.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I would treat the illness rather than just the symptoms.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Wherever women are
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If you were a doctor, what would you do different from the way typical doctors run their practice?
Scary. I'd have been a doctor after all. In a split second, I flipped coz I love Mathematics.

I went into Engineering and that's the best decision I had made my whole life.

My classmates who chose medicine are still studying and living miserable lives in post graduate and research college dorms

I run into them on facebook and when they see my lifestyle and exploits, the bury their faces in their pillows and cry

Doctorhood is not cut out for me. I don't believe in looting money from the public. Alternately, if I run a hospital on charity, I'll be broke in a new york minute.
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