What Bad Bedside Manners Really Mean

Bad bedside manners can tell you a lot about a doctor. If your doctor has bad bedside manners, he or she may not be in the business strictly to help people, they quite possibly could be in the medial field strictly for the money. Get good tips on how to spot these non-caring doctors.

Doctors are supposed to be in the line of work of helping people. With this profession comes a lot of responsibility. The medical field is not supposed to be simply diagnosing a problem, handing out a few pills, and moving on to the next patient. It means much more. It means being a physician; and a physician means being a healer. Healing, most times, goes much farther than writing a prescription and charting a few words in a chart. It is a whole act of caring, showing concern for the patient – who happens to be a person – and having their whole life in the physician’s best interest.

There was a day when doctors were very personable. They knew their patients well. They knew their name, their spouse’s name, and even their children’s names. They knew the patient’s line of work, where they lived, and even what kind of car they drove. They took a very personal interest in their patient. They were a friend to the patient. Now, I’m not saying that this is the only way to be a physician, but it does have its positives. Being that personable and that intimate with a patient shows genuine concern. It says that the physician wants to know all about you so that he or she can treat the whole person, rather than the individual problem.

There are many doctors today that do not have the patients’ best interest at heart. It may even appear that they are not even in the business to heal, but to make a buck, and a big buck at that. A good indication of whether or not a doctor is genuinely concerned for you, as a person, is whether or not he has good bedside manners. Bedside manners are just that, the manners that a doctor has at your bedside. Is he or she curt? Do they seem to not listen to you or your concerns? Are they condescending? Do they speak to you abruptly and act like you are putting them out, or wasting their time? If so, this is considered, bad bedside manners. Not all poor treatment can be attributed to a rough-around-the-edges personality. With doctors, the majority of their poor attitude and bad personality is directly related to having bad bedside manners. This can make a patient feel uncomfortable and nervous. It can make a patient feel as though their medical problem is insignificant, or trivial. This is an awful feeling to have.

Having bad bedside manners can have terrible repercussions. If the doctor seems disinterested in what you are telling him, there are greater chances of him missing something that you said. If he seems put-out or preoccupied, the patient might be more likely to leave out pertinent information. If the doctor is rude and abrupt, the patient may not want to continue getting medical treatment from him or her, and they may avoid going to any other doctor as well. Doctors need to try and put themselves in their patients’ shoes every now and then. Try to imagine the embarrassment, the fear, and the nervousness that the patient feels having to divulge such personal information, or frightening symptoms. If all doctors could get sick at the beginning of their careers and feel the fright, and the pain that their patients feel, they might be more compassionate and caring during their years of practicing medicine. They might be better physicians.

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