In our current managed care systems there is great pressure on all kinds of professionals to do things very quickly.
A large study was done of over 28 million consultations In 67 countries over a number of years. The average time spent with patients is very short—generally about 5 minutes.
In an article discussing this study and the realities of treating more complex patients in Exceptional Parent Magazine we read the following:
“Not being able to “Beat the Clock” for AAMD (American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry) physicians, dentists, psychiatrists, behaviorists, neurologists, optometrists and other healthcare specialists means not being able to provide the optimal treatment, not being able to alleviate pain, anxiety and confusion, not being able to stabilize the patient, not being able to provide preventive therapies, not being able to minimize comorbidities (co-occurring disorders) and not being able to tell families that everything that can be done is being done.”
(Exceptional Parent Magazine, Beat the Clock by Rick Rader, MD, December, 2017)
What have other parents done to create more time for appointments? Ask for an appointment first of day, right after lunch, and end of day. Also, requesting a double appointment may allow time to discuss what is needed.