I remember an occasion when my husband and I visited a specialist. His secretary told me to go into the doctor’s office, which I did but he was still typing information on his computer and did not look up when we entered. When he asked us to sit down, my husband did but I remained standing. He repeated; ‘Please sit;’ once again without looking up so, I remained standing. Realizing that there might be a problem, he looked up at me. Then I smiled and sat down.
“Is there a problem?” he asked.
“Yes, doctor. Actually there is. If you had looked up when you invited me to sit, I would have done so immediately.’
Of course, he could have become angry and refused to see me but I had the feeling that he respected me more after that.
I realize how busy doctors are and how little time they have for each patient. I also understand their need to update computer records. This is only a suggestion. Maybe the nurse should only send in the next patient when he is done. I think that quite a lot of information can be gained simply by observing the patient as he or she walks in; before the doctor even starts the examination.