What do we expect from doctors? The primary expectation is that they can diagnose and treat our health problems. And the ability to do that is no small feat. A recent report about the business behind being a doctor, however, warns that perhaps we need to expect more in order to feel we are getting the best medical care. 

More goes into being a doctor than the strictly medical-related work. Whether doctors work in a big Boston hospital or a small private practice, they have to work within a professional community and administrative system. A Mayo Clinic study suggests that poor business and management skills might negatively impact a doctor’s or medical facility’s ability to best help patients.

If you have had a medical appointment recently, you probably noticed that it was busy. Maybe it took a long time to even get an appointment with your doctor, and when you do visit him or her, you sense there is a rush, some chaos and that your doctor and the staff overall seem a bit overburdened.

The consistently busy nature of the health field makes it crucial that those within the field are properly managed and work efficiently in their roles. Advocates for patient safety argue that doctors need to be better trained in management and administrative skills in order to improve the services that patients receive. 

When doctors do not know how to effectively delegate matters or work with the staff around them, they can become burnt out by taking on too much themselves. Burnout can lead to medical errors and generally a worse experience for a medical staff and — most importantly — the patients that rely on them. 

When a reality within the medical field is linked to doctor mistakes, that reality should be addressed and fixed. If you or someone you love has been injured because of the poor quality of work within a doctor’s office or hospital, talk to a medical malpractice lawyer right away to learn about your options.