Most doctors are drawn to a career in medicine in large part because they sincerely wanted to help people, and most patients seek out doctors because they want and need help. Yet here we are, wanting to help (doctors) and needing help (patients), and somehow we’ve become disconnected and dissatisfied.
To take the pulse on how patients perceive their current physician relationship, Revolution Health offered this poll on our homepage (this is a sample of 642 respondents):
Q: Are you attached to your doctor?
- Yes, very much so – 24%
- Somewhat – 21.9%
- Not really – 20.4%
- Not at all – 33.5%
There are two ways to look at this, I suppose. The “glass half full” camp might say that 45.9% of people are very much or somewhat attached to their doctor, and that means that a large minority of folks are in a doctor-patient relationship that is meaningful to them.
The “glass half empty” perspective would suggest that 53.9% of people have no perceived personal caring physician in their lives.
I don’t know how people would have responded to such a poll 50 years ago, but I have a feeling that it would have skewed much higher towards the “very attached” end of the scale.
I know that this poll is limited in its scope and significance, but are you surprised by the results?
This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.