First of all, let me start off then I believe patients when they come in and tell me they have pain. I always believe them and give them the benefit off the doubt, even if they don't appear to be in pain. I can't feel what they feel or read minds.
However, is it fair to label a patient as "drug-seeking" when they doctor hop, have narc reports from 5 pharmacies and 20 doctors, visit the er 4 times a month, have urine tox screens come up with 5 things they aren't prescribed and won't admit to taking, (including illegal substances) call for narcs and not follow refill rules, always run out early, etc.? If you can't leave a urine sample when you came in knowing you were getting a drug screen urine test and get angry because you have to wait until you go to get your prescription.. I mean...
I know that it's difficult and I know what pain is like. But if a patient follows the rules they can count on us to provide what they need and respect them. But if they don't follow the rules, which are there for everyone's safety, they get labelled as drug-seekers. Fair judgment or not?
Fair Observation with evidence listed! No judgement needed; the evidence already sealed the deal. You are only judging that they are seeking drugs; thats fine - clearly it is what they are coming to the doctor for.
No one can judge if they are in pain or not. Only they know.
Last edit by coupb8222 on Aug 28, '12
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