In the medical field, communication is key. Patients need to be able to trust their doctors and relay all of their complaints and symptoms so that the doctor can provide the best possible treatment. However, recent studies have shown that this often does not happen. In fact, doctors have failed to learn and understand patients’ medical histories, which has led to medical errors and patient injuries.
In this blog, we will discuss the dangers of lack of communication in the medical field, including what a patient should do if their doctor isn’t communicating with them effectively.
When it comes to the doctor-patient relationship, communication is especially important. Unfortunately, this is an area where many doctors fall short. Poor communication can have a number of negative consequences for patients. If a doctor fails to ask patients crucial questions about their symptoms or medical history, the chances of a misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis increase.
Sometimes, patients may not receive the care they need if their doctor fails to communicate their symptoms properly. Additionally, poor communication can undermine patients’ trust in their doctors and make them less likely to follow medical advice.
My doctor won’t listen to me. What’s next?
Doctors are increasingly pressed for time and often distracted by electronic medical charting. It can be frustrating if you feel like your doctor isn't listening to you. However, there are some steps you can take to improve communication and get the care you need. First, try to be as honest, clear and concise as possible when describing your symptoms or concerns. It may help to write down everything you want to say beforehand so that you are well prepared and do not forget to relay important information.
If your doctor isn't listening, you may need to be more assertive. Politely explain that you are not feeling heard and ask if there is anything they can do to address your concerns. If the situation still isn't resolved, you may need to find a new doctor who is better suited to meet your needs. Do not stay with a doctor if you feel like they are being inattentive or dismissive. Doing so can result in a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis which can negatively impact your health. . It is critical that you find a doctor whom you can effectively communicate with and build trust.
If you believe you have suffered injuries from your doctor’s lack or poor communication, you may be eligible to seek compensation. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can take a look at your case and help you determine if you have a claim. Contact our team today to get started on a free case review.
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