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Stephen O'Connor

By: Stephen O'Connor on August 15th, 2014

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5 Things Really Great Doctors Refuse to Do

Healthcare Advice

5-Things-Really-Great-Doctors-Refuse-to-DoPutting together a great team for your medical organization takes an enormous amount of time, research, tenacity, and luck, and the most-prepared practices will be rewarded with the opportunity to hire the best available doctors. When you see a doctor operating at the top of his or her game, you can see the greatness in each action, and you should be filled with pride that you have such a talented person on your team.

Great doctors are not defined just by the excellent things they accomplish every day. We also make judgments about them according to the things physicians refrain from doing. Here are five things that really great doctors refuse to do.

1. Ignore the Emotional Needs of Their Patients

A good bedside manner is of vital importance for doctors. Even if a doctor doesn’t feel very skilled at practicing good bedside manners, he or she will strive to address the emotional requirements of each patient.

A worried, confused or sad patient may be so upset that it’s difficult to understand or remember what the physician and nurses are instructing. By slowing down, remaining calm, and paying attention to the patient’s mood and emotion, doctors truly demonstrate the greatness that’s required to be a master of the healing arts.

2. Dispense Prescriptions Without Seeing the Patient First

Doctors may sometimes be tempted to dispense medications without first seeing the patient. For example, a long-time patient might call in asking for an antibiotic prescription for his or her son because that was what was called for the last time the child went into the office with an earache or painful throat.

A great doctor will not flout the rules just to please an anxious parent or patient, as doing so could jeopardize his or her career.

3. Offer Prescriptions Based on Marketing Rather Than Their Own Judgment

Patients are exposed to advertisements on TV, the radio, in magazines and newspapers, and all over the Internet for prescription drugs. They come into the doctor’s office and ask for specific medications by name. At the same time, doctors sometimes find themselves prescribing medications based on marketing campaigns, such as when pharmaceutical representatives come to the office with the latest samples.

Truly great doctors will rely on their own judgment instead of basing prescription drug recommendations on some advertising promotion.

4. Talk Down to Patients

Some doctors have a health ego and self-image, which is natural when you consider that medical professionals must be highly intelligent, very motivated, and diligent in their efforts.

However, their advanced knowledge does not entitle them to talk down to patients. Great doctors will speak in a respectful tone and couch their remarks at the appropriate level for their patients in terms of experience and knowledge.

5. Lie

The best doctors will not lie to patients. It’s important to avoid giving patients an overly optimistic prognosis just to make them feel better.

It’s equally important not to downplay the facts when you are discussing a very serious medical situation with a patient.

If your doctors are already refusing to do these five listed things, you can rest assured that you have top-notch medical professionals in your midst. They will serve as shining examples for the rest of your staff and will encourage patients to remain loyal and stay with your practice.

Key Takeaway

  • Everyone knows that not all doctors are created equal. It pays to recognize things that really great doctors will refuse to do.
  • The best doctors strive to cultivate a good bedside manner in the interest of preserving patient relationships.
  • Great doctors will refuse to hand out prescriptions without seeing and diagnosing the patient first.
  • Doctors who refrain from talking down to their patients are in a higher class than those who are condescending.
  • Great doctors will avoid purposely lying when telling the truth is so much more practical and in the patient’s interest.


About Stephen O'Connor

As a Director of Digital Marketing at Advanced Data Systems Corporation, Stephen spends his day's planning, writing, & designing resources for the modern healthcare professional. He has a strong affinity for snow crab legs, the ocean, and Rutgers Football.