A family physician talks honestly about the stress and the deep feelings of failure that pile up as she tries, day after day, to meet her clinic's demand to pack more sick patients into 15-minute appointments.
Your doctor has more control over your life than anyone-other than you.
Your doctor may be the first face you see as you’re born and the last one you see as you die. Doctors look deep inside you, in places nobody has been before. Doctors prescribe drugs that can kill you or save your life.
But how do you know if your doc is paying attention, really listening to your concerns, and taking the time to properly assess your condition?
You don’t. Unless you ask a question patients rarely ask: “Doc, are you being abused?”
Doctors are commonly bullied and abused by their employers. Don’t believe me?
Abused doctors may be extremely frustrated, depressed-even suicidal.
Why should you care?
Abused doctors may neglect to inform you of abnormal test results. Abused doctors may ignore your concerns, miss your diagnoses, prescribe wrong medications-with costly and life-threatening consequences for you.
There’s only one way to know if your doctor is being abused. Ask.
Pamela Wible, M.D., is a family physician who founded the first ideal medical clinic designed entirely by patients. She offers physician retreats where she helps doctors recover from their abuse so they can get back to caring for their patients.