New study finds doctors will interrupt patients after only 11 seconds
What's up Doc?
When you go to the doctor you want someone who is going to listen carefully to what ails you so they can make a proper diagnosis, but the truth is, that’s probably not happening. In fact, you likely only have a few seconds to get your doctor’s attention.
A new study, published in the "Journal of General Internal Medicine," suggests doctors spend an average of only 11 seconds listening to a patient before interrupting them. The study looked at the response time after doctors asked a patient “What can I do for you today?” or “Tell me what brings you in today?” and 67% of all patients were interrupted by their doctors, while 36% of doctors didn’t even ask the questions.
And getting to explain the reason for your visit depended on what type of doctor you’re visiting. For example, for primary care doctor visits, 49% of patients were able to explain why they were there, but with specialty visits, only 20% were. And with specialty doctors, even if they do get to share why they are there, 80% are interrupted, possibly because those doctors may have been informed of the reason before the patient got there.
And patients shouldn’t expect to spend a lot of quality time with their doctors in general. The study finds that the average length of an appointment is 30 minutes, although they did tend to be longer when patients were asked to explain the reason for their visit at the beginning of an appointment.
A millionaire....for 10 minutes!
A Boston woman is looking back on her 10 minutes as a millionaire after a banking error was made in her favor and quickly corrected.
Ellen Fleming, 26, said she received a voicemail from a TD Ameritrade financial consultant saying a deposit had been made in the account she had opened months earlier with only $50.
Fleming said she looked at the TD Ameritrade app and discovered her account now contained $1.1 million.
"I was thinking, 'Oh, wow, how neat would this be?'" Fleming told the “Boston Globe.” "I could quit my job, do whatever I wanted to do, pay off my student loans."
"You need to take every opportunity that's handed to you," she said. "But that seemed like an opportunity that could lead me to federal prison, so it didn't seem worth it."
Fleming called the financial adviser back to tell him a mistake had been made. She said the money had apparently been intended for a different Ellen Fleming.
"There's some Ellen Fleming out there, living in some alternate universe life in Florida," she said.
Fleming said her account balance now stands at $63.
"Being a millionaire really was a dream come true for 10 minutes," she said. "I am very humbled that I lost my money and my family stood by me."
This wasn’t in their birth plan, but it does come with some perks.
A lil nugget for life!
When expecting mom Falon Griffin started having contractions, she and her hubby Robert decided to head to the hospital. On their way, the couple stopped at a Chick-fil-A parking lot in San Antonio, Texas to drop off their two daughters with a family friend. Mom had to use the restroom, like pregnant women tend to do, and went inside before going to the hospital, but they never made it.
Instead, baby Gracelyn was born inside the fast food chain’s restroom, delivered by her dad. And get this, three months before their little bundle of joy arrived, her parents bought a pink onesie that reads “Little Nugget.” It’s like they sealed her fate with that outfit.
Falon had to be let inside the bathroom by an employee because the restaurant was closed at the time, and when she realized her baby was not going to wait to get to the hospital, the store manager, Brenda Enriquez, got some towels and Robert told his wife they were having their baby right there. And dad did a great job, even without medical training. He was able to get her umbilical cord, which was wrapped around her neck twice, free and deliver her safely.
Gracelyn was able to wear her “little nugget” onesie for the first time when EMTs arrived and brought them to the hospital. And the best part? Franchise owners offered Gracelyn food from Chick-fil-A for life, a Chick-fil-A themed first birthday party, and guaranteed her a job when she turns 14. Sweet perks for that “little nugget.”