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Important details a doctor may not share voluntarily

Ohio patients may find that they often rely on physician information as they make healthcare decisions, but it is important to consider the details that care providers may withhold if not asked. Simply asking a few questions may greatly improve the chance of successful treatment.

Although emergency surgery may need to be scheduled without consideration of the day and time, it may be wiser to schedule voluntary surgeries early in the week. Regular staff members tend to finish for the week by Friday afternoon, leaving on-call physicians and staff in place who may be less responsive to unfamiliar patients. Both Friday and afternoon procedures tend to have greater complication and mortality rates. Similarly, scheduling can play a role in medication error incidents. Statistics indicate that these errors rise by 10 percent during the month of July. This is the time frame in which new residents begin to care for patients. Being aware of one's medication orders may prove helpful if a July hospital stay is necessary.

Good communication skills are important as a doctor may not voluntarily discuss issues such as the possibility of misdiagnosis, surgical complication rates or limitations in treatment. A provider who avoids these issues or dismisses them as unimportant may not be trustworthy. A patient dealing with concerns about a misdiagnosis or an unnecessary treatment that may not provide reasonable results might want to seek a second opinion.

In cases of medical errors in physician visits or hospital stays, documentation may be helpful in demonstrating one's own efforts to avoid such problems. However, tracking down medical records and other details to be used in a medical malpractice case may require the assistance and investigative efforts of an attorney experienced in malpractice suits.

Source: Care2, " 5 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You Unless You Ask Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-things-your-doctor-wont-tell-you-unless-you-ask.html#ixzz39kHB4hTq", Ann Pietrangelo, August 04, 2014

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