Here’s My Phone Number, Don’t Call Me: Physician Accessibility in the Cell Phone and E-mail Era
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Physician accessibility, for example how available a doctor should be by cell phone or e-mail is an important issue that is not well understood. There can be large differences between the expectations of patients and the perspective of their providers. The rationale for providing accessibility has historical roots and relates to the very basis of the physician–patient relationship and the effects on patient outcomes. While patients may want this line of communication, physicians may worry about disruption from unexpected phone calls, being requested to provide advice without access to records and providing services without adequate remuneration among other concerns. Herein, we discuss the rationale for these concerns, and provide suggestions on how we might overcome them. We suggest a framework with guidelines on establishing and maintaining remote accessibility with patients in the context of a productive physician–patient relationship.
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- 1. Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
- 3. Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National University Hospital, Singapore, Singapore
- 4. Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Health System, Singapore, Singapore
- 2. Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
- 5. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 4150 Bioinformatics Bldg, CB7080 School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7080, USA