Doctors are the professionals that keep us protected, safe and healthy. No matter what we are going through or dealing in life, a doctor has the cure. From a minor to major health issues, it is always suggested to take professional medical assistance from a doctor.
Now, the question is when you go for a treatment to a doctor then do they prejudge you? The answer to this is that some doctors may form an opinion of you in the first few minutes of your visit while others might be more open-minded and understands the psychology of a patient.
Some researches show that patients are judged on various stereotypes such as weight, color, age, race, and gender. This does affect the treatment of the person:
Here are the 8 ways that will tell you how doctors can pre-judge you and how it can influence your treatment.
- Short people are kept in waiting for the lung transplant. If a person is shorter than 5’4’’, then there are higher chances that he/she has to wait for a long period of time to get their lung transplant done. Experts say that most of the lungs come from the taller patients and doctors find it difficult to locate the perfect fit for short people and thus it takes time.
- Heart attack treatments are given better to men than women. Most of the doctors believe that men, who report of having chest pain, are more likely to experience heart attack symptoms and thus given priority over women, who do not complain of chest pain as many times as men.
- If a patient has weight issue or is obese then doctors might made up their mind about his/her unhealthy lifestyle. They might think of the food habits, exercise routine etc. This might make a patient conscious about taking various tests or opening up to the doctor and thus hampering their
- Bad teeth do not get referred to specialists. This means that if a patient or a person has damaged teeth and need treatment, dentists are more likely to assume that such a treatment will take a longer time and might not get expected results. Doctors do hesitate to refer such cases to the specialists.
- Racial bias or stereotype is another barrier in the medical field. If a person is black or dark and complains about hypertension then it highly possible that he/she might not get proper treatment or referral due to his/her color.
- If you are an young adult who has reported pain in the body, then doctors are likely to suggest normal medications or treatment as they perceive that due to your young less, you can overcome pain easily. This may prevent them in giving you pain killers or affect the diagnosis of a serious disease.
- A black person has 50 per cent higher chances of getting medical appointments cancelled as compared to the white people. This happens with the working class people as well.
- If you are a man and have fibromyalgia, then ask for the trigger point test. Many physicians ignore it in men as compared to women.
It is always advisable to take a company along when you are visiting a doctor or physician. Clarify all the doubts and ask for the proper treatment. Additionally, refer to at least two doctors for the right diagnosis. There is no harm to cross check the opinion of your first doctor.
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