‘An Arm And A Leg’: Real Lessons Doctors Can Learn From Fake Patients

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Sometimes medical doctors get the “medical stuff” proper whereas sufferers nonetheless get the unsuitable care.

That’s one discovering from a research that despatched pretend sufferers — actors wired with recording gadgets — into actual medical doctors’ places of work.

When the “patients” walked into the physician’s workplace to inform their story, physicians had been typically laser-focused on biomedical points. But the physicians typically missed the psychosocial issues that may be a barrier to good well being.

Does the underweight, middle-aged man actually need to bear a battery of pricey assessments and get screened for most cancers? Instead, perhaps he’s experiencing meals insecurity and wishes a referral to the native Meals on Wheels program.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago recorded a whole lot of interactions between these actor-patients and medical doctors after which analyzed these conversations. They documented medical errors that can lead to pointless, unhelpful care — and add a whole lot of dollars to the price of a health care provider’s go to.

On Episode 7 of “An Arm and a Leg,” meet a health care provider who had his listening abilities examined and the actor-patient who put the physician via his paces.

Season 2 is a co-production of Kaiser Health News and Public Road Productions.

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