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Pleasing doctors: when it gets in the way

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39325.646887.94 (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:514

Why is my doctor too busy to talk to me?

Your doctor is avoiding your questions, because he can't answer
them. He
feels that in order to keep you as a patient, he must convey a
sense of
wisdom and knowledge that he doesn't really possess. We assume
that
doctors have all the answers, but they don't. As a matter of fact,
doctors have
the same problems, questions, and fears as their patients. Ask
your doctor to
be honest with you about his limitations. If he avoids this
question, or acts
offended, then you need to find a new doctor.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 September 2007
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA