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Doctors Will Underestimate Your Pain If They Don't Like You!!




VANCOUVER - A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, but patients feeling aches and pains can wind up with a remedy more like cod liver oil if they're not on good terms with their doctor.

A University of Northern B.C. professor who is studying the impact of the clinician-patient relationship on how health professionals rate pain suggests it decreases if the clinician doesn't like the patient.

Pain sufferers often take issue with their treatment, which is why the research is so important, said psychology professor and pain expert Ken Prkachin.

"A specific complaint being 'Nobody believes me, no one is taking me seriously,'" Prkachin described in an interview.

"You really get that sense when you talk to patients, maybe people are being downgraded because they're also disliked."

It means people with invisible pain — such as bad backs, as opposed to broken legs — may not get adequate treatment for the problem if the doctor disregards their feelings, he said.

"A good case can be made ... that is going to demoralize patients and contribute to very testy patient-professional relationships," Prkachin said.


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Comment by orthosouth on July 19, 2021 at 4:27am

At OrthoSouth, our goal is to be the best orthopedic practice in the United States as measured by the patient experience. Every interaction, every patient, every day is a new opportunity to make progress toward this objective.

OrthoSouth is the result of decades of orthopedic practice in the greater Memphis area, built on the legacy of three separate practices that decided to formalize a union guided by the common purpose of delivering world-class orthopedic care while offering patients an exceptional, unsurpassed customer service experience.  back pain

Comment by Travelnista on October 13, 2011 at 11:44pm

My SCD community knows this first hand. Since Sickle Cell is not visible, doctors think patients are drug users and get treated differently from cancer patients. Sickle Cell Pain is Real!!!

Comment by Cheryl on October 13, 2011 at 9:07pm
Being in the profession, I can tell you that sometimes it's because the practitioner is seeing the patient as "drug seeking". In that case they will not prescribe narcotics for pain.

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