The Los Angeles Times recently published an article defining proper procedures for doctors. Not medical procedures, either. This is about social skills, listening attentively and respectfully to patients in the office, at the hospital, and on the phone. Take notes on the article or print it out, in order to share the lessons with your medical team:
Before I close this section of today's post, I want to share one more relevant thought: Dear Doctors: Your patients do not care to shiver in the cold air nor do they want to expose their privates to the whole world passing by the exam room door. Those merciless cloth or paper gowns and towelettes must go! Tolerate the button-free, extra-long T-shirts that we women prefer to wear while you're examining us. And let the men wear their underthings. Honest, we didn't go to a doctor's office or other medical site to catch cold, to feel humiliated beyond endurance, or to wonder if we're the worst-looking person you've seen all day. Yes, you comfortably dressed in the suit, tie and shoes covered by a white lab coat. sigh...
All you need to do is to GOOGLE the phrases "Modest medical gowns" or "modest hospital gowns" and bunches of wonderful resources come up. Readers, share the news with your medical professionals. Doctors, please stock those far more preferable clothing alternatives in your offices.
UPDATE: Here's a brilliant bit of news about using a Check-List to better manage medical care. The article's a bit long, but golly is it worth reading: The Checklist by Atul Gawande - If something so simple can transform intensive care, what else can it do?
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