Ridiculous Study of the Week – Late Patients


Per usual, I won’t go into detail on this study.  That is for you to have fun with here.  I just wanted to point these amazing conclusions:

When more patients are punctual, clinics are less likely to run over their allotted time for appointments, researchers found, based on a real-world test and simulations.

Science.  You have got to love it.

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] 

  2 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week – Late Patients

  1. Bridget Reidy
    June 17, 2014 at 6:38 am

    This is a pain clinic, so probably every visit was predictable. How’s your pain, here’s your meds. I bet somewhere some administrator is going to use this study to claim a primary care clinic that takes care of acute, subacute, and chronic disease and is expected to throw in a little prevention as well should be able to run on a clock and no patients should ever wait, as long as we make them all come on time. After all, a receptionist should be able to figure out what they are coming in with and how long it will take to take care of that, right?

    • Michael Gorback
      June 26, 2014 at 1:32 am

      What an interesting concept you have about pain clinics. Would you like to know where you can shove it?

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