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How Much Time Should Your Doctor Spend with You?

Jan 16, 2018 | Doctor Errors, Firm News

You never want to feel as though you are being hurriedly shuffled through a service you are receiving, least of all when visiting the doctor in Indianapolis. When you are sick or injured, you rightly expect whoever treats you to take the time needed to listen to your concerns, accurately diagnose your condition and develop an effective treatment plan to correct it. Yet how long should that take? It may be difficult to assign an ideal treatment time due to no two medical problems being exactly alike. Ultimately, however, you should feel comfortable with the amount of time your doctor spends with you. 

Recent research indicates that time may be much shorter than most may think. Study data shared by Business Insider showed the most common time frame doctors spend with patients to be 13-16 minutes (that number may not necessarily indicate the length of a visit, but rather actual face-to-face time with a doctor). That may seem like hardly enough time for you to communicate your symptoms to him or her, for him or her to perform a comprehensive assessment, develop a diagnosis (and confirm it), and deliver treatment. Your condition, as well as the nature of the facility you visit, will no doubt have an impact on your time with your doctor. A minor condition may take less time to address, and a doctor working in an emergency room may feel pressed to work faster than one seeing you in an outpatient clinic. 

Still, patient volumes and preconceived ideas about your condition should not influence the quality of treatment you receive. If a doctor allows them to do so, he or she might be considered to be at a greater risk of misdiagnosing what is actually wrong with you.