word of the day

one of my doctors used the word “compliant” today, in reference to suggested/recommended treatment.

I’m trying to decide if I’m offended. Well no, I’m offended. I’m someplace in the area between ‘WTF, Over?’ and ‘ Oh no you didn’t’.

I’m trying to decide if I should be offended.

com·pli·ant [kuhm-plahyuhnt]

1. complying; obeying, obliging, or yielding, esp. in a submissive way: a man with a compliant nature.

2. manufactured or produced in accordance with a specified body of rules (usu. used in combination): Energy Star-compliant computers.

He’s an arrogant prick and I’m not at all impressed with the dead trees behind glass on his wall of fame. Anyone that thinks classroom study and practical application are one and the same has never done either one. I’m several years of treatment beyond blind obedience to the medical community.


Posted on May 7, 2010, in healthcare. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. *sigh*

    In medical terms, it just means that you’re taking your medications and following the recommended regimen, whatever that may be.

    “non-compliant” means you’re not doing so.

    No condescension involved, trust me.

  2. I think had the comment come from a doctor I liked I wouldn’t have batted an eye. But this guy gets on my nerves so I’m predisposed to take offence.

    He’s one of those ‘I’m a doctor how dare you question me’ guys.

  3. Added to the fact that half of all Dr.s are in the bottom 50% of their medical class….

    He’s working in the VA, isn’t he?

  4. surprisingly no, this is the HMO assigned primary care doc… all I really need him for is the referrals to specialists. If I needed him for anything else I’d walk in a heartbeat, but his office staff has been squaring away the paperwork pretty well so I’ll put up with his attitude for the 15 min every 6 mo I have to.

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