Healthcare Blogging Provides Transparency

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Over the years I’ve seen several less-than-impressive doctors. I’ve always received the care I needed but something about the process didn’t make me feel like I was my doctor’s primary focus, whether it was a rushed visit or a sense that they didn’t seem interested in my health. And, unfortunately, experiences like this can give you a jaded perspective of doctors.

The great news is that for every bad doctor, there are many more great ones. And, as I have written about before, I follow several physician blogs and what I like most about the blogs I read is that they give me insight into what it’s like to actually be a doctor.

As a patient, it’s hard to put yourself in your doctors’ shoes because you don’t know what happened with another patient before they entered your exam room. And while your doctor should always listen and treat you with dignity and respect, it still helps to know that the reason your doctor may have been a bit short was because he was dealing with a particularly difficult patient prior to seeing you.

I know I reference Dr. Kimberly Manning’s blog Reflections of a Grady Doc frequently, but because her blog is a great example of many things, I’ll continue to reference it. Dr. Manning’s blog reflects her interest in telling her readers what it’s like to be a doctor, stating in her “about me” section that the purpose of her blog is to “share the human aspects of medicine + teaching + work/life balance with others.”

A few weeks ago I wrote about determining what type of blog you want to write, whether it’s educational, narrative or personal. And no matter which type of blog you write, I encourage you to evaluate your blog’s purpose from Dr. Mannings’ perspective.

Blogging is a way for you to share what your life is like as a physician/nurse/CEO and can give patients a window into the things you encounter on a daily basis. It provides transparency that helps us connect with and understand our doctors.

So, no matter what type of blog you choose to write, make sure that you know that what you write will most likely be a way for a patient to understand the difficulties that physicians go through, and that being open and honest about both the good and bad things you encounter will provide a connection with you and your patients that isn’t present anywhere else.

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