Q: What does disrespect look like from a patient’s perspective?
A: The most obvious form is waiting. Much more serious, though, is not getting a full explanation of what’s going on. Another example is, when something goes wrong, a lack of honesty in admitting what happened. Also, what strikes patients as disrespectful is having to fill out that clipboard every time they go to a physician’s office regardless of how many times they’ve been there.
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super-utilizers [sü-pər yü-tə-ˌlīz-ərs] n: patients with multiple chronic conditions who overuse emergency departments and hospital inpatient services, and who are the focus of increasing efforts to coordinate care and thus keep them out of the hospital.