A Day in the Life of a Doctor Detective

by Leigh Ann Otte

You’re a family doctor. You walk into a patient’s room where a man in his mid-50s waits for your wisdom. His complaint: He hasn’t been feeling well.

You ask the normal questions and find out that he’s had has no weight loss, pain, rash or new stresses. You can’t find any clues, in fact. Where do you go from here?

Walk with a family doctor as she solves this head scratcher in this week’s featured article, “Medical Mystery: A True-Life What-Done-It,” and see how doctors make the decisions they make—and how listening to your body may save your life.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

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8 Responses to “A Day in the Life of a Doctor Detective”

  1. Barry Says:

    Yes, that could be a tough job for doctors. As I always say, it goes down to the level of trust and rapport between the patient and the doctor.
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  2. Dani Says:

    I honestly don’t know how doctors remember everything , although mine seems to give me antibiotics for everything lol
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  3. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    Barry, It’s great to find a doctor you trust. Also, if you go to the same one, he/she might be more attune to an out of ordinary complaint. For example, some patients have felt tired since they were babies. For others, it would be a definite new concern.
    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. recently posted..Medical Mystery: A True-Life What-Done-It

  4. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    True, Dani. Not always the best treatment, but we all are tempted it’s so easy. But … if you don’t get better … hopefully they’ll look at other possibilities.
    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. recently posted..Medical Mystery: A True-Life What-Done-It

  5. Beverly Bennett Says:

    Our family doctor is really genuine. He tells everything we need and everything we need to know. Glad that we had someone like him. I’ve read the article by the way, it’s nice^^
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  6. James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Says:

    It’s great to find a good family doctor, Beverly. They’re all around.
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  7. Everettwex Says:

    Being able to make a change in the frontline staff’s workflow to increase safety for the patient or employee is the impact Tiana sets out to make in her work every single day.

  8. Fantasys Says:

    That’s how Tiana Wells describes her job. She’s the lead infection preventionist for the University of Minnesota Medical Center (M Health). Her days are spent preventing, investigating and managing the spread of infections within the health care setting. She puts infection prevention best practices – or swim lanes – in place, so that everyone in the system can follow the same guidelines, from physicians and nurses to cleaning staff and sterilization teams. Her goal? To advance patient safety, improve outcomes and save health care dollars.

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