Something I learned as a patient from my own experience and through others’ stories, is that patients have been disregarded by doctors and disrespected by doctors all around the world.
This is not acceptable.
By no means.
Without patients, doctors wouldn’t be needed.
Patients know their own bodies, and have wisdom as well.
I know doctors are trained in their specialties to diagnose and treat diseases from small to great. And while this is standard, their standard of care has been diminished by ego, by finances, by big pharmaceutical companies and much more.
The time spent with patients is far less than what is needed.
Patients need the extra care and support and time to felt heard, and comfortable. Their comfort is what will build trust to follow protocols and guidance by said doctor.
Even working at the podiatrist office, some days, the medical assistants rush the patients out of the room to room the next one, and don’t even listen to the patient’s words.
People in the medical field need to make the patients feel human, not just another number.
I do my best with each patient that I room, to introduce myself, ask about their day and how they are doing and feeling. I listen to what they have to say and reassure them that they are being heard.
It’s cool to know I learned this, and then had confirmation of it from reading my boyfriend’s uncle’s book.
Even established doctors who have been practicing for years, can stand behind patient care and relationships.
I think because of this lesson I had to learn as a patient, I can now apply it to my medical career and how I treat my patients on a daily basis.
Love matters. Patients matter.