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May I please have a nicer doctor?

Even if your surgeon came highly recommended or has been practicing medicine for decades, the doctor's manners may have turned you off. Perhaps you have seen TV doctors who are rude to their patients but practice brilliant medicine and obtain miraculous results, so you gave your surgeon the benefit of the doubt. You may have regretted this when you began to experience complications from your surgery.

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says there is likely a connection between your complications and the unprofessional behavior of your doctor. In fact, the study shows that surgical complications are more common among patients whose doctors have a gruff bedside manner.

A bad case of attitude

The connection is not that difficult to make. A surgeon who is rude to his or her patients is probably just as disrespectful to nurses, other doctors and members of your medical team. Because those medical professionals have encountered your surgeon's insulting attitude, they may have been reluctant to mention changes they observed in your condition. To avoid the same disdain or dismissal they experienced in past exchanges with the surgeon, your nurses or other team members may have delayed addressing your declining health.

Patients who complain about rudeness in their surgeons are 14 percent more likely to suffer from surgical complications including:

  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney infections
  • Cardiac issues
  • Blood clots
  • Other infections that lead to sepsis

Physicians who authored the study feel that the number of people affected by these complications reaches over 350,000 annually, and that many of the complications could be avoided if the surgical team were able to work well together and respect one another.

Not-so-clean bill of health

While it may not seem important if a doctor is polite to you, it may be important to that doctor's co-workers. If the work environment created by your doctor's demeanor makes it difficult for your medical team to provide adequate care, you may be the one to suffer the consequences. Hospital infections and surgical complications are among the most common results of substandard medical care.

After your hospital stay, you were likely expecting to feel better and return to your normal routine. Instead, because of the negligence of your medical team, you are facing additional medical treatments and perhaps the expenses that accompany those procedures. By contacting an attorney, you may be able to obtain compensation for your suffering and medical bills. Your attorney will review your case and determine the best options for your situation.

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