Bad Doctor, Good Patient AND Good Doctor, Bad Patient: Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Care

Managing type 2 diabetes includes making sure you’re also taking care of your heart and kidneys. Heart disease and kidney disease are preventable, and there are steps you can take to reduce your risks. In collaboration with Know Diabetes by Heart, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Edelman and Dr. Pettus share resources for support, and they show us what NOT to do during a doctor’s appointment, in order to emphasize the importance of good communication with your healthcare team!

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  1. Love this! Thank you for the laugh!

  2. Good acting. And funny but unfortunately the bad doctor scenario is an exaggerated, especially at UCLA Santa Monica and Torrance endocrinology! I even posted a YouTube video of timestamp while I waited one hour and 27 minutes for the doctor to come in the exam room! I certainly wish I could be a rude patient like the bad patient scenario and talk on the phone and make the doctor wait one hour and 27 minutes!

    It would’ve been more helpful video if you posted how to force a doctor to be better and improve communication. Just recently with my Endo, I had to repeat myself several times and remind the doctor what I just said five minutes previous. I spoke to the clinic manager about the appointment and they did not seem to care. The doctor has a real difficult time with verbal comprehension and finding out through the email portal -written comprehension too. This is 3rd endo since 2020 I am exhausted. But through Ucla you can escalate the problem to several supervisors, but be prepared to take weeks or months to correct the problem or get a refill!

    I am T1 but watched your video- do a bad dr scene of drs refusing to learn about modern insulin therapies…

    • * NOT an exaggeration. Your scenes were spot on!

      I see no way to edit my post so correcting in reply

    • Unfortunately your scenario is not uncommon, and part of the issue is the system where doctors are not given enough time to fully evaluate and see their patients, so everyone gets behind. I totally empathize! I hate waiting for doctors and no one should have to wait more than 15-20 min. Our medical system is broken and if I had to film bad doctor scenarios I would have to give up my day job!

  3. So helpful. I loved it! Thank you and keep up the good work and educating all of us. I really enjoying learning more and more so I can take better care of myself.

  4. Thanks for putting it in a format we can all understand! I so appreciate what you do! Warren Type 2

  5. I fully realize that these scenarios do happen in the real world sadly. I have experienced them with an internist that I promptly moved on from.

    BUT – wow – I now have an even greater appreciation for my endo doc of 10+ years who is wonderful! Yes he often runs behind on appointment times but when I am in the office I never ever feel rushed and get all the time needed for questions and explanations. And I also work hard to be a compliant patient. It has all paid off in being a very well controlled Type 2 Diabetic. Not perfect but always working to be with his help.

    Shout out to Dr. Nick Argento at Maryland Endocrine.

  6. Great scenarios. They really get the points across. Makes me appreciate the attentive help I get from my endocrinologist and the in-between support of my diabetes counselor and primary doctor who clearly work together to keep up with how I’m doing. I realize that they are gratified by my being cooperative with my treatment plan and prepare for my visits by having my daily fasting blood sugar readings available on a calendar. With their help I have made great progress in lowering my A1c to qualify for knee replacement surgery. I am grateful for this team approach. I’m also grateful to TCOYD for addressing many topics associated with diabetes, some of which I may not have been aware of otherwise. Keep up the good work and videos!

  7. Chekhov’s interpretation of Macbeth this is not . . . ( ͡* ‿っ ͡*) 👉 . . . But the hilarious histrionics are side-splitting . . . ( ͡* ‿っ ͡*)┌∩┐. . . The scripting, editing, and production are terrific. This should be made into a 3-minute cartoon show for MD waiting rooms while people sit and wait for the main attraction. Cheers. (👍 ͡❛ ‿っ ͡❛)👍

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