Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is apparently still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie wants to know…
Is it compassionate for medical professionals to keep people on tenterhooks waiting for results, particularly if the diagnosis in question could be really bad news; but in general, too?
I appreciate it when a doctor is forthright and tells me like it is. If, based upon a physical exam or the result of a blood test or urinalysis, the doctor discovers something that may be troubling and wishes for me to get further tests or to see a specialist, I would want to know the basis of that recommendation before making a decision to proceed with that follow-up.
Wouldn’t it be kinder to just shut up and order the tests and whatever to find out a firm answer before stressing out the patient? In your honest opinion please.
Kinder? I am not looking for a doctor to demonstrate kindness when my health is involved. I’m looking for a competent, qualified, and honest doctor. As I said above, I’d prefer to know the reason why the doctor wants more tests than to be guessing and possibly assuming the worst.