Do you feel like your doctor spends enough time with you?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-10-10 19:00:28 -0500
Started 2013-10-04 16:00:51 -0500

I recently found this info-graphic on pinterest that illustrates the amount of time in general that doctors spend with patients, and in that time who does the most talking. It says that the average amount of time that doctors spend with patients is about 10 minutes. And that 64% of that time is spent by the doctor doing the talking. I just think that is crazy to think that 10 minutes is enough time to really address any kind of medical issue, let alone diabetes! How many of you feel like your doctor should be spending more time with you at each visit?

(sorry, I couldn't find the original infographic so the link is to the pinterest one.)

3 replies

VRandy 2013-10-05 11:48:37 -0500 Report

Hey Jeanette - Early on in my T2 experience, he spent much more time discussing what to look for, and asking great questions to alert me to potential neuropathy issues. We meet every 6 mo's to review numbers and blood workup. He has been very encouraging to me…my T2 has been controlled thus far and so, the last 2 visits have not been lengthy, but probably around 15 to 20 minutes. I've lived in several states and feel that this doctor is the best I've ever had. I am grateful for his interaction and great advice! I think this is becoming a rarity in the field of medicine…or at least sense that from the tone of the info-graphic.

Gabby - I have come to appreciate your posts and look for them on the site. (You are a blessing to me and so many others…thank you!) I know Dr's are busy…but who isn't! I would hope that they would respond to you if you requested that they spend a minute in explanation and/or advice. Not just enter data into their system without verbally communicating or asking good questions. It may be that if they knew how you felt, they'd respond with more interaction. Well, it's an idea anyway. With what we're having to pay for the visit, seems like it should be more of just that, a good old 'visit' where folks talk to each other and attempt to establish 1 on 1 communication!

GabbyPA 2013-10-04 18:53:30 -0500 Report

Nope. I try to go in organized, but he doesn't look at those things anymore. He doesn't even really talk. He spends his time inputting stuff into the computer most of the time and I don't find out what he puts in until I get my report at the check's a joke now. Can't wait to see how it gets next year.

Lakeland 2013-10-10 19:00:28 -0500 Report

I just had a follow up yesterday, I feel bad for this doctor, we talked & he typed, I had a good appt. but he wanted to adjust some meds so he typed & sent the scripts right to the drugstore. It use to be one on one time then he'd dictate into a machine for someone else to type, I can see he's going to have a lot more work put on him. He was with me a good half hour & he encouraged me to get the flu shot which I did. I did feel bad for the doctor.