Subtle Innuendoes Follow

Patients lie.  That’s just a reality.  This WSJ article spells it out in detail.  “Common lies include everything from diet and exercise regimens to medication adherence, sexual histories, and taking alternative medicines.”  Over the years, I think I have seen it all.  I have seen a lot of illicit drug use that was only admitted to me after years of being my patient.   I have seen lies about med use that have made me look bad when I increased the dose.   The numbers are staggering.  A physician survey referenced in the article states the 77% said that one-fourth or more of their patients omitted facts or lied, and 28% estimated it was half or more of their patients.  The truth of the matter is that all people lie a little bit.  Not all of it is malicious.  I never took it personally unless they were trying to manipulate something from me.  Heck, even doctors shade the truth sometimes. “A study published last year in the journal Health Affairs found that just over one-tenth of more than 1,800 physicians surveyed had told patients something untrue in the previous year.”  The only difference I can see is that the patient won’t get sued if he or she lies.  The doctor will. We are always at risk.

*I want to give a special shout out to Ari Brown, a pediatrician interviewed in the WSJ piece, who I have know for many years.  Great job!

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Subtle Innuendoes Follow

  1. mamadoc
    March 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Well, duh. THIS is news?

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