Put away your phone!
“I hate when patients text during a visit. It tells me that they do not value my time. I feel disrespected. I have left patients talking on their phone in the examining room and moved on to see another patient.” —David Broyles, DO, a doctor of family medicine who practices in the Philadelphia suburbs. These are 11 other annoying habits patients have, according to doctors.
Oncologists hate pink
“Of course raising money is great. But during breast cancer–awareness month, in October, everyone comes in thinking she has advanced breast cancer. Our patients hate it because they can’t go anywhere without being reminded of their disease.” —James C. Salwitz, MD, a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Learn the secrets nurses won’t tell you.
Don’t ask me to lie
“I’ll get a call from a daughter who says, ‘Don’t tell my dad I called you, but you need to know he’s having chest pains again.’ Now I’m not supposed to know, but I do know, which is bad for everyone. I want to sit down and say, ‘John, your daughter says you’re having symptoms that you’re not telling me about.’ I don’t like those kinds of secrets.” —Vincent Bufalino, MD, senior vice president of cardiovascular services for Advocate Health Care in Chicago. Here are more common lies patients tell their doctors.