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Walking in Patients' Shoes

A year later…

When I first drafted this post, October was coming to an end. A year had passed since the diagnosis. Up to that point, I’ve been free from cardiorespiratory symptoms for 6 months, and off medication for 4. As you would expect, I was eager to celebrate this major milestone. I…

What appointment time?

When I went for my outpatient appointment last month, I was not surprised to see that the clinic’s waiting area was chock-full of patients at 8.30 a.m when the clinic is only scheduled to start at 9.00 a.m. I was half-expecting the disapproving glances thrown my way when I walked…

Waiting time experience

If you are a patient, you most definitely had experienced waiting for doctors’ consultations. Usually, it is long (or very long) and uninteresting. If you are a doctor, you must have worried quite significantly about keeping your patients waiting while you juggle all your clinical responsibilities. And if you are…

Was it just in my head? (Part 2)

Although it was hard for me to share some of the details of my harrowing patient experience, I felt a strong calling to do so after I read @MattBurkeMD‘s article titled “It’s All In Your Head – Medicine’s Silent Epidemic“, which spoke about the growing trend of doctors dismissing their…

Was it just in my head? (Part 1)

Recently, I came across an amazing article in JAMA Neurology titled “It’s All In Your Head – Medicine’s Silent Epidemic”, written by @MattBurkeMD which really struck a chord with me. It was a beautiful and comprehensive article about the growing epidemic of doctors dismissing patients who present with unexplained symptoms…

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