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What is your single biggest frustration with your patients as a clinician?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Expectations

People sometimes expect the doctor to "fix" them, without their needing to investigate or alter their behavior in any way.
Getting sick is like a wake-up call, since so many of our diseases are lifestyle-driven. These same people often do not understand that authentic healing is an incremental, not "one fell swoop, " process -- requiring participation of both patient and doctor.

In brief: Expectations

People sometimes expect the doctor to "fix" them, without their needing to investigate or alter their behavior in any way.
Getting sick is like a wake-up call, since so many of our diseases are lifestyle-driven. These same people often do not understand that authentic healing is an incremental, not "one fell swoop, " process -- requiring participation of both patient and doctor.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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1 comment
Dr. Steven Tucker
I completely and enthusiastically agree with this answer and offer an additional view. Frustration arises from miscommunication, however, I feel it is the doctors job to be an excellent communicator. If a doctor gets frustrated perhaps we are not listening/communicating in the best way to be heard. Not an issue of patient listening, an issue of how we are speaking. I don't want to blame the patient.
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Frustration

Non-compliance with recommended treatment inspire of time spent explaining benefits and risks involved, basically lack of motivation to change or make treatment work for self.

In brief: Frustration

Non-compliance with recommended treatment inspire of time spent explaining benefits and risks involved, basically lack of motivation to change or make treatment work for self.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Case-dependent

Very individual-dependent:client and provider. For me it has to do with treatment non-adherence.
There are reasons why people stop taking medicine or going to psychotherapy sessions, or relapsing back into addictions, you just have to explore all that with a client and pick up things from there. As a therapist, have to monitor reactions to particular things, so they won't interfere with treatment.

In brief: Case-dependent

Very individual-dependent:client and provider. For me it has to do with treatment non-adherence.
There are reasons why people stop taking medicine or going to psychotherapy sessions, or relapsing back into addictions, you just have to explore all that with a client and pick up things from there. As a therapist, have to monitor reactions to particular things, so they won't interfere with treatment.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Dr. Miroslava Fox
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