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Dr. Maine, please respond from your point of view.
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annette030 posted:
NavalVeteran has posted a couple of times asking if a doctor should be expected to provide a patient with a treatment plan.

I would like to know for my own self what the time frame should be for this? How long does it take for a doctor to write out a treatment plan for a patient? How many active patients does a pain management doctor have at one time?

Thank you for your help.

Take care, Annette
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David Maine, MD responded:
Thank you Annette. I am bit confused by the question. Normally a treatment plan is provided at the time of consultation. Sometimes that involves further studies, imaging, or even a referral to another specialist. I really can't answer the second part of your question as there can be tremendous variability pending on the practice setup and focus.
 
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annette030 replied to David Maine, MD's response:
My doctor always gives me the plan of action verbally at the time of the visit, she had me sign a consent for treatment when I started taking opiates daily also.

I don't think people realize the number of active patients their doctors see, it often seems like they each think they are the only ones, I just wondered.

I think NavalVeteran wanted a written out treatment plan rather than an oral one.

Thank you for responding so quickly.

Take care, Annette