By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com.
Bullies don’t disappear the day we kiss the halls of academia goodbye—they follow us into the “real world.” Oppressors find their way into practically every facet of our lives, showing up in the most unlikely places, including the exam room of your elderly loved one’s doctor’s office.
A confrontational nurse or an overbearing doctor can make appointments unpleasant, scary and even dangerous for a senior and their caregiver.
More dangerous than your average playground persecutor
A schoolyard bully might shove you off a swing, causing you to skin your knee, a doctor bully can undermine communication between nurses and other health care providers, potentially causing you to receive unnecessary treatment or undergo unnecessary surgery.
Research indicates that overbearing doctors whose demeanor discourages communication has a negative effect on the quality of care a person receives.
A study conducted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) revealed that 40% of health care providers didn’t voice their concerns regarding a patient’s medication because it meant that they had to question an oppressive doctor.
The same study revealed that rude, bullying behavior is pretty prevalent in the health care system. 60% of clinicians said that they experienced episodes of verbal abuse that could be categorized as “strong,” while almost 50% reported having to confront off-putting body language.
There are also dangers associated with doctors who harass their patients.
Similar to the nurses in the ISMP study, people who are constantly being intimidated by their doctors are less likely to say things that may ignite a physician’s fury. A person may be reluctant to share a troubling symptom or the fact that they are experiencing a new side effect if they are worried it will make a doctor angry.
Doctors Who Bully originally appeared on AgingCare.com.