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Should doctors let patients have their personal phone numbers?
 

Should doctors let patients have their personal phone numbers?

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Doctors should not be seen as selfish when we refuse to give out our personal phone numbers. Here's why.
 
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10 Sep 2016 - General
 
I wholly agree with the comments coming from the good doctors. As Physicians, we do not give our private numbers to patients. I too encountered a problem when a patient who called me at 1 am in the morning and asked me for a clinical evaluation for his daughter's medical problem and i gave him s solution. Since then, he never stops calling me, Now the whole family has my private number and I have become their telemedicine doctor. So, I had to politely tell the patient that he need to physic...
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Let me share my first hand experience as a resident. Since majority of my consultants do not give their phone numbers, they give my phone number instead. I usually give a warning that I may not answer or reply to messages promptly because I might be in the operating room or attending to a patient. This actually helped me establish a good working relationship with a lot of relatives and patients. However, this works for me for the moment because I am on-call 24/7 and I've been used to it for ...
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This is a BIG NO for me too! Personal numbers are meant to be used for personal contacts only. Giving a number that can be accessible through clinic hours is the best bargain we can give to patients. I firmly believe that patients should not be doing over the phone consults because it runs the risk of misdiagnosis and inadequate management. A good example would be my encounter with a patient who underwent wound debridement a day ago. She was instructed by her surgeon not to touch the wound for 5...
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Giving the work phone number to patient is acceptable, and is a norm for most of the healthcare system. Patient can contact the specific work phone number during day time if they do have any specific question. Depending on the specialty, some specialty do have a clinical specialist nurse in that particular specialty, that the patients can contact in case of any question. Then, the clinical specialist nurse can liaise with doctor in charged. Sometime, those work phone will be passed on the team ...
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There are pros and cons. Some would say 'yes' and some would say 'no'. I do not have a extreme answer for this question but I must say the answer is 'no' for about 60-70%. Because privacy is privacy. No one needs to take the duties to his or her home and to the personal life. Any one should have a time allocated for the loved ones even for a doctor. But in some cases a patient might meet an emergency question that has to be answered anyway. Anyway I would say 'No. You...
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I would say no as well to personal numbers. It not only saves us from potential law suits and from having a life outside of being a doctor but it really is in the patient's best interest as well. If we do not have a clinic the patient can contact the patient could easily go to the hospital for consult (especially if it is an emergency) and the staff there such the resident on duty could get in touch with us. If for simple queries like not understanding instructions a telemedicine platform wo...
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I understand why some doctors doesn't give out their numbers to their patients. It is because some patients doesn't respect the rest day of their doctors. Doctors have their needs too and sometimes, some patients abused that. I just hope that here in our country (Philippines), system like in UK will be adapted here. But i'm pretty sure that it will take time to have that advance technology. :( For my opinion, it is ok to give out your working number or your clinics number, however i...
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I may not be a doctor, but I think its important for a patient to have someone to contact or ask questions from, even if its not a personal number. I agree with Tarah Cadiz that a number with which to get in touch would be useful, especially to patients with high-risk conditions. It’s great that in the UK,there are systems in place for patients who need medical advice and for urgent prescriptions or medical assi...
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I'd say yes. Not a personal number per se, but a number that patients can call for queries. I have told this story a couple of times here in the MIMS community, but here it goes again. My mentor provides a number that her patients can call when they have any inquiries. At times it saved a physician from a potential lawsuit. Turned out, one patient (not her patient and did not really happen to her) complained of a certain "accident" that happened as a result of a procedure. Well.. t...
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Even if I am not a doctor, I would say NO too. Doctors are human beings as well, they have life outside the medical world. For out of hours advice (normally 6pm-8am, and weekends), UK has got a number (111) to contact for people needing medical advice. Where advices are given over the phone, urgent prescriptions done or emergency assistance provided (999). If patients have their doctors phone numbers, it would be very inconvenient for the doctor especially when contacted in the wee hours of the ...
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I would say it is a BIG NO to give patients our private number !! We should not be in contact with patient after working hours. There will always be the medical team or general practice on-call that the patients can seek for medical advice out of hour. In some super sub-specialist service, in which having the service of clinical nurse specialist, giving the work phone number to patients will be feasible, as the work phone will be passed on from doctor/clinical nurse specialist to other team memb...
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