(Snippets from the frontline)
Painting a picture
Upon admission to a hospital, the doctor you choose has already earned your trust and confidence. Nowadays though, one can be admitted by a physician you have never met known as a hospitalist.
Good with computers and replete with medical algorithms templating you through a diagnosis, most are recently trained. Usually they work 7 consecutive twelve hour days, so at the end of their weekly shift you get a new doctor to handle your algorithm.
Through their history and physical, a plan for your medical care is developed.
Absent from their fill-in-the-blank form are simple facts that make you a human being, and might even play a role in your illness. Typically time is limited, yet let the hospitalist know: Marital status, children, occupation, military service, activities, hobbies, interests, pets, and even your worries.
Do these facts play a role? Sometimes. On occasion, without this information, a medical plan may be weakened or a diagnosis might be lost.
Painting a picture of a human being and not just a computerized algorithm could enhance the trust and confidence between you and your doctor.
Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.