Practice tip of the week: Going the extra mile to make patients feel welcome

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Your weekly dose of wisdom from the Physicians Practice experts.

With all the useful information available on Physicians Practice, it is easy to become overwhelmed.

With this in mind, the tip of the week is a chance to reflect on some of the wisdom found all across the site. In a May 2021 story on going the extra mile to make patients feel welcome, Ethan Lazarus writes the following:

“Many people are anxious when it comes to visiting their healthcare provider. Results from one study found that many patients avoid going to the doctor because they feel uncomfortable seeking medical care or fear a serious illness. As providers, we need to recognize these issues and create a welcoming environment for all patients to ensure they don’t postpone care or avoid it entirely.Here are some ways to ensure your office is inviting:

  • Weigh patients in a private setting on a scale that can accommodate higher BMI patients.
  • Offer furniture that allows patients of all sizes to sit comfortably.
  • Use equipment and supplies (e.g., blood pressure cuffs, exam tables, gowns, etc.) designed for larger patients.”

Be sure to come back next week for another Tip of the Week!