Recently, the Healthy Kids Blog's adolescent medicine specialist Rima Himelstein, M.D., wrote about what teenagers need from their doctors. It's just as important, however, to know what teens want. Their answers, it turns out, are surprisingly mature and thoughtful.
We can learn a lot from listening to our teenagers – including what's important to them when it comes to the doctors who take care of them. What matters? The answers may surprise you. In one study that surveyed 6,821 Philadelphia ninth-graders for the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that teens want to go to doctors who wash their hands, use clean instruments, act honestly, and treat them with respect.
Makes sense, doesn't it? Other important factors included know-how, experience, carefulness, equal treatment of all patients and confidentiality.
What don't teens want from their doctors? Unfortunately, teenagers hear all too often about the things people think they are doing wrong. I thought it was time for a little role reversal, and so I asked a group of teenagers what they think are the "10 Things Doctors Do Wrong." Here is what they said: