Patient Engagement Or Long Office Visit Wait Times – You Choose


[tweetmeme source="Healthmessaging" only_single=false]Recently I found myself sitting in a retinal surgeon’s office.  I was there as a new patient.  I wanted to get a second opinion…with the intent of switching doctors for an upcoming surgical procedure. As I was filling out my forms I would listen to established patients as they would register at the […]

One More Reason Patients Ask Doctors So Few Questions


[tweetmeme source=”Healthmessaging” only_single=false]The most popular post on my blog is entitled Five Reasons Why People Do Not Ask Their Doctor Questions. Well it seems there is a sixth reason. The Reason? I am forever reminded of this when I see my retinal surgeon for follow-up for my surgery to fix a recently detached retina.   Every time […]

Why Patients Don’t Ask Their Physicians Questions – Additional Thoughts


Many of my readers are curious about patient question asking behavior during a trip to the doctor. The fact that most of us ask few “important” questions during a routine (or not-so-routine) physician visit seems very counter intuitive.   After all, conventional wisdom (and TV drug ads) are forever telling us to “ask your doctor” or […]

Five Reasons Why People Do Not Ask Their Doctor Questions


A neighbor of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer about the same time was wife was being treated for lung cancer.  I saw my neighbor the other day for the first time in several years.  I asked her how she was doing.  She said great.  In turn I asked her how her PET/CT exam looked.  […]

Do Medical Home Physicians Really Communicate Any Better With Patients?


Probably not yet… I thing everyone would agree that Group Health of Seattle probably has a pretty good “take” on issues dealing with primary care redesign and the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).   That’s why I surprised by a recent comment on a Group Health blog from by Matt Handley, MD in response to an […]

12 Questions Empowered Patients Should Ask When Looking For A New Physician…Are You Ready?


Conventional wisdom tells people that when looking for a new physician they need to consider things like Specialty, Board Certification, years in practice and geographic proximity.   Online services like Health Grades allow you to see compare the satisfaction scores for prospective physician candidates. But industry insiders know different.  Consider those patient satisfaction scores for physicians. […]

Asking Our Doctor Questions – Many of Us Don’t Have Much to Say


Ask your doctor.  I think most of us would agree that is good advice…at least up to the point that we find ourselves sitting half naked on an exam table in our doctor’s office.  Then the doctor walks in and for some reason many of us just “clam up.” Patient question-asking during the primary care […]