Mar 3, 2014, 5:34 PM, Posted by Susan Dentzer
“I am stressed.”
“I am feeling pressured.”
“I have been through all this before.”
“Why is it taking so long?”
If you’ve ever had any of these feelings while biding your time in a doctor’s office, you’re not alone. There are a myriad ways in which the classic physician visit can often be sub-optimal: Spending a long time in a waiting room before a too-short doctor’s visit; barely understanding or absorbing what the physician says before he or she rushes off to see the next patient.
The experience could try the patience of the most self-confident of patients—and positively overwhelm the more nervous among us. Small wonder that some patients experience “white coat syndrome,” or elevated blood pressure during a clinical encounter. It’s believed to be brought on by some combination of apprehension about a potential disease or diagnosis, or even intimidation at the sight of the doctor in a white coat.