Chatty doctors

A study of 100 primary care physicians said that one-third of their time with patients was spent not talking about the patients needs, but about themselves.

A new patient comes into a doctor’s office weighing 204 pounds. He’s six feet tall. The following conversation ensues:

Doctor: Is that up a little bit for you, weightwise?

Patient: It might be up a few pounds. I used to jog and I just haven’t …

Doctor: See, ’cause I’m weighing more like 172, 173 and I’m six foot. And I’m still running. I’m doing the 5 and 10 and 15 K’s. The half marathons and …

Patient: So, I’m 30 pounds heavier than you?

Doctor: Right now, yeah.

That, a group of researchers say, is part of an actual conversation they recorded in the course of a study that showed that many doctors waste patients’ time and lose their focus in office visits by interjecting irrelevant information about themselves.

Hey Dr. Mike, let us know what you think.

From the New York Times.


2 responses to “Chatty doctors

  1. Sorry Na,
    I was too busy talking with my patients about my vacation and my future vacations to get back to you.

  2. Aha!! So it IS true!!! 🙂

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