Warning Signs of Bad Doctors / Physicians

Post #1 image. 2012-07-09.jpgIt’s not at all unusual for patients to put tremendous faith in the hands of their doctors. They often assume given their education and level of training that they are in safe hands. One study even found that 70% of people totally trust what their doctor says and never even bother asking for a second opinion. Trust is a good thing, blind trust, however, can be dangerous. There are certain warning signs that all patients should be on the watch for to avoid having preventable mistakes happen to them.

The first sign is a sleepy doctor. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, surgeons who slept for less than six hours the night prior to performing a surgery had twice as many surgical complications as those surgeons who got enough sleep. Many doctors understand the benefits of sleep but often cannot help being stuck at the hospital for terribly long shifts, sometimes even 24 hours. This lack of sleep combined with the stress of the job can result in poor decisions from the overworked docs. These wrong decisions lead to medication errors or misdiagnoses.

Another sign for worry is a doctor’s personal bias. According to a study conducted by The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, some physicians admit to assuming that women exaggerate their symptoms. Due to this unfortunate and unfounded bias, women may not be given the treatment they deserve. Patients should be on the lookout for doctors who seem eager to impose their own views on a patient’s care.

Finally, patients should make sure the doctor is up-to-date, both with his equipment and his information. While age isn’t a determining factor, a doctor needs to be on the cutting edge and should not be using old or outdate diagnostic or screening methods. Given the increase in modern medical technologies it is important doctors keep up to ensure patients receive the best possible care.

Besides these tips patients need to remember to ask questions and ask often. Always ask why you’re being given a medication and for how long. What’s the doctor’s reason for prescribing this rather than another option? Keep track of your symptoms and any feedback you receive from your doctor. If your condition is not improving or you are receiving conflicting messages from the medical team that might be a sign that it’s time to look for a second opinion.

If you would like to speak with a Mississippi medical malpractice attorney about a potential medical malpractice claim, call Mississippi medical malpractice lawyers at Kobs & Philley today at (601) 863-8170.

Source: “Doctors behaving badly: 7 types to watch out for,” by Kristen Dold, published at MSNBC.com.

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