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How important is a doctor's 'bedside manner' to you?


Would you change your doctor if their 'bedside manners' didn't suit you, even though their reputation is good?

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fancifulashley says

4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    Absolutely. They must show that they care and not ever be rude or inconsiderate.

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Chitrangada Sharan (ChitrangadaSharan) says

4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    There has to be a comfort level between the patient and the doctor, I agree.

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molometer says

4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    I've had some wonderful experiences with doctors who take time, listen and care. My GP was awful though and I wish I'd changed him though I don't think he 'harmed'.

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4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    It helps to feel better to have sympathy and care, for sure.

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Carolyn Sands (carol3san) says

4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    I do agree with you. I need to like my doctor too.

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4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    I think that administration is one thing but doctors and dentists are another consideration. Often admin is rude, but a doctor or a dentist really must not be rude.


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kjforce (kj force) says

4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    Feeling comfortable with a doctor does encourage healing through their suggestions. My oncologist has become my friend because he was so very kind when i was ill.

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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    Thanks for your contribution - of course doctors get tired. I think we forgive them for this. I like what you said about their words being healing and I think that it is true.


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MrsHumple says

4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    Yes, it's really important that a doctor listens. Frustrating when they have a different method.

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Kelli Freeman (KelliFreeman) says

4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    Sounds like a very hard roller coaster ride. It would be great to settle down and put your health needs first, so lets hope you can do that soon. The last experience you had was unforgivable and I'm so sorry.


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Michelle Hawkins says

4 years ago
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    Penelope Hart (GoodLady) 4 years ago

    So sorry your mother had a tough time with someone she trusted. It's very hard to re-build trust and intimacy. Glad her doctor changed his attitude though.

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