Is this a policy?

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Is this a policy?

Postby sweetleaf2 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:06 pm

I have recently noticed that some Doctors are not using proper medical language in front of patients, I thought it was just my surgery, but my daughter says her Drs, and nurses at her surgery are also doing this. For instance my Grand-daughter who has excema has been told she has an " itchy skin condition" My daughter said" but its excema" (this has been officially diagnosed in the past )and the nurse said" I know but Im not allowed to type that into the system, or say it to you" .
This sort of thing has happened to me recently too, ie the Potts syndrome has been described as variable BP, etc... its as though they are trying to be secretive, and I dont like it at all! Has anyone else noticed similar behaviour?
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Re: Is this a policy?

Postby denys » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:09 am

No sorry, I know asthma in children is sometimes described as wheezy chest but thats because it is difficult to diagnose accurately in young children, maybe its because they dont want to 'officially' put something into the system as it then 'real' :dunno: :dunno: seems pretty silly to me :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Is this a policy?

Postby whoami » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:23 am

I don't know about the UK, I am in Canada but the privacy laws have got so strict that it is hard to get info from anyone other than your Dr. I do think that the proper name for an illness should be used at all times no matter how young the child is. With privacy laws so strong a nurse or Dr is not allowed to acknowledge you if in the hospital, lets say you are visiting someone, in case someone sees it and then it could be gossiped that you see maybe a heart Dr or a psyciatrist or whatever. My friend, a Dr can't say hello to me in the halls in case someone sees. It is to protect my privacy, she is a specialized surgeon. I agree with privacy issues to a point but thatbis ridiculous.
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Re: Is this a policy?

Postby Iceskatemum » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:53 am

Hi Sweetleaf2 , I have to admit I have noticed a dumbing down of some GP's language for a while now. I don't think it is so that they are secretive about our condition's rather that they want to be the friendly face and so want to speak in ways the general non medical public "understand". I guess I agree with it up to a point but if you have a serious/chronic condition you need to know its full medical name so that should you be taken to another hospital etc you can at least give the doctors looking after you the correct illness.

As for the ways illness' are described I guess that can again be attributed to wanting folk to understand thier own conditions how ever if you have had a formal dx I would like to think that the medical profession would log it correctly.After all everything they write goes into a permenant log of your illness & sickness. Which is a legal document and so can be used in various procedings such as establishing when you became sick , reasons for work absence etc
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Re: Is this a policy?

Postby sweetleaf2 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:39 am

Iceskatemum wrote:Hi Sweetleaf2 , I have to admit I have noticed a dumbing down of some GP's language for a while now. I don't think it is so that they are secretive about our condition's rather that they want to be the friendly face and so want to speak in ways the general non medical public "understand". I guess I agree with it up to a point but if you have a serious/chronic condition you need to know its full medical name so that should you be taken to another hospital etc you can at least give the doctors looking after you the correct illness.

As for the ways illness' are described I guess that can again be attributed to wanting folk to understand thier own conditions how ever if you have had a formal dx I would like to think that the medical profession would log it correctly.After all everything they write goes into a permenant log of your illness & sickness. Which is a legal document and so can be used in various procedings such as establishing when you became sick , reasons for work absence etc



My worry is that when ATOS ask for a Doctors medical report that the Dumbed down language will be used, making illnesses seem petty, or not a good reason to make a claim, has the government told Doctors to chang the language they use in front of patients?......... maybe I`m being paranoid, though its not paranoia if they are really being devious is it? :crazy:
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Re: Is this a policy?

Postby lolo73 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:04 pm

It is part of the plain English thing. Even in notes abbreviations are frowned upon. It is all about helping patients take control for their own health and not baffle them with medical terminology. x
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Re: Is this a policy?

Postby sweetleaf2 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:01 pm

Maybe Im guilty of overthinking... again! Much too much time awake when the world is sleeping, lol
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Re: Is this a policy?

Postby long time » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:35 am

No, I don't think you are being paranoid.
I think there is definitely something going on and has been for a long time.
Especially with regard to vulnerable patients !!!

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Re: Is this a policy?

Postby fibro-lu » Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:33 pm


when I couldn't get an appointment with my usual GP
if I can avoid it I will not see anybody else, but here you go

we spoke and I looked at what she had written
there was
"patient is getting better"
I said: "excuse me but I didn't say this"
she said: "are you saying that you didn't get better with all the specialists you have seen?"
I said :"yes"
then she wrote
"patient is getting slowly better"
I complained again and she replied
"I have to write something possitive"
I couldn't believe my ears (and eyes)

do I need to say more?
this is now in my medical report
my usual GP doesn't write anything like this
but whenever I saw someone else it was a waste of time
in the future I will wait until I get an appointment with my usual GP

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