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One of the things that has always surprised me about how hospitals and other medical facilities behave is how they put a lot of weight on patient satisfaction. Don’t get me wrong, patient satisfaction is important because medicine is a business at the end of the day (here in the United States). However, patient satisfaction should not be the most important thing in rating the level of medical care they received. This is especially true in urgent and emergency care settings where patients only encounter a provider once or twice in their multiple visits. For patients to be satisfied, I believe that they need to have a personal relationship with their provider. When they don’t, one or two bad interactions can just ruin the whole thing.

And don’t get me started on patients who walk in demanding antibiotics for inexistent infections, painkillers for psychological pain, or erectile dysfunction medicine when they’re healthy and in their 20s.

So here’s a good article on why patient satisfaction is, well, problematic:

The Mask Your Doctor Hides Behind” at The Daily Beast

I’m going to the doctor today

I remember going to the doctor a lot as a kid. If it wasn’t strep throat almost every summer, it was a cold or the flu or something like that. I remember the smell of doctor’s offices, a kind of antiseptic smell to them. I also remember the doctor wearing a white labcoat and having this look of being very…

Drugs and Other Drugs

I went to a lecture today by Dr. Peter C. Gøtzsche. He was visiting from Denmark, where he works on assessing the results of clinical trials and putting the validity of their findings to the test. His book is coming out soon in the US, so he was here to give us a synopsis of his book and go over…

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

You just never know when something is going to happen that will require you to act to save a life. You really don’t. I thought of CPR and First Aid as abstract concepts when I was in high school and was trained in them as part of a “magnet school” program for those of us interested in medical and scientific…

At the intersection of medicine and public health

Let’s say that you’re a physician working in a rural setting in, say, Pennsylvania. And let’s say that you see a lot of migrant workers from Latin America and the Caribbean. Now, let’s say that one of them comes to you with gastric discomfort and some other signs of maybe a stomach ulcer. Would you do a test for H.…

The dangers within healthcare

When I go to the hospital or to the doctor’s office, I expect several things. First, I expect to be treated with kindness. If my problem was self-imposed (e.g. obesity), I expect the healthcare provider(s) taking care of me to not point to me and laugh or blame me for my problem, even if it is my fault. I expect…