Let’s admit it. We all procrastinate. Even doctors.
Fortunately, the vast majority of physicians do not put off reading the latest medical journal, forget to arrange important tests and consultations, or write complete notes after your visit.
Physicians tend to procrastinate in areas outside of direct patient care, such as completing forms, writing medical legal reports and adopting innovations in their office practice. The completion of a long disability forms can consume more time than several patient visits. Medical legal reports generally take hours to days to write. Ironically, doctors can be so busy seeing patients that they generally don’t take the time to step back and make changes to improve efficiency and quality in their clinics.
Doctors too tend to neglect their personal health while they continue to give 100% to their vocation. We give better care to our patients than to ourselves, and we give better advice than we may follow ourselves. Doctors tend to get by with less sleep while working longer hours than most people. Many physicians don’t even have family doctors. They tend to self-diagnose and self-medicate, and if they do – like the lawyer who defends herself, the doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient.
If your doctor isn’t looking very healthy, don’t insult him by asking if he has a fool for a doctor (because then you would too), but don’t hesitate to express your concern.
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