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One Patient’s Advice

Posted by medliorator on July 3, 2008

Don’t call patients by their first names unless they ask you to do so… That goes for the doctor, too. When he and I have been dealing with each other for a length of time, I’ll permit him to call me Larry and I’ll naturally call him Frank. Otherwise, I would prefer that he call me Mister until asked to do otherwise

Tell the doctor to slow down. Why should I be scuffled from the waiting room to an inside cubicle designed so that the doctor need not sit down? If he doesn’t sit, there is no reason for him to tarry while answering my questions.

A patient’s advice to hospital communicators [ragan.com]

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