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Determining the reasons behind short visit times

Your primary care doctor in Providence County may take the time to ask questions about your family, your job, and other personal details before giving you a thorough evaluation. Yet what if you are unable to see your regular physician, or you do not have one at all? Many of those who come to see us here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD describe scenarios where they felt as though rushed visits by doctors ended up with them being misdiagnosed. If you feel as though you did not receive enough attention from a physician during a visit, you may justly want to know why.

Information shared by Business Insider shows that most patients only spend between 13-16 minutes with a doctor during each visit. In that time, a doctor is expected to do a detailed assessment, including an evaluation of your body systems along with a review of your medical history. He or she must also then dedicate the time needed to ensure accurate medical decision-making. Granted, not all of these tasks need to be completely done in your presence, yet you’d expect to see your attending doctor long enough to feel as though you are involved in them (which you should be).

Interestingly, the data provided by Business Insider goes on to show that male doctors, on average, tend to spend less time with patients overall compared to their female counterparts. That could be due to either general differences in demeanor or the fact that certain medical specialties are viewed to be dominated by one gender. Either way, your doctor’s gender may have something to do with why you may feel as though you were neglected during your visit.

More information on factors that influence medical errors can be found here on our site.  

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