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BYOM:Bring Your Own Magazine- Waiting Room Etiquette

Posted by Dani Livsie on Sep 1, 2011 2:27:00 PM

SWOPT waiting room"Isn't it great when you arrive for your doctor's appointment and the latest issue of your favorite magazine is in the lobby? I personally love it; I usually skip all the juicy gossip and head straight for my horoscope. I like to know what I'm in for because who knows, I might hit the lottery and end up on a cruise by Friday. As I'm reading I find out that my week is going to be great! I decide to go back to the cover and read what else my favorite magazine has to say about the latest celebrity news. As I read the breaking news, Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt are ending their relationship. I become curious because last time I heard Brad and Angelina just adopted another child. I glance at the date only to find out that this magazine is really old. I'm sad now because my horoscope is not what I read it was going to be. Now there is no cruise for me and the twenty other people I was going to take with me. Glad I didn't send out a mass text message to my family and friends to quit their jobs and pack their bags."-Tami, SWOPT employee

Tami, a very valued SWOPT employee, has written this story to demonstrate a frustration that many people may have experienced in doctor's officesMagazines and physical therapy waiting rooms. The reason for this is because some other patients that came before you may have snuck the latest issue of those best gossip magazines into their bags and walked out the door with them. Waiting room etiquette is very important to any provider you are going to be seeing.The magazines are being provided to help pass the time while you wait to begin your treatments and they are there for all patients not just a select few.

At Southwest Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, we strive to keep the latest issues of the most popular magazines available to our patients. For many of our patients, being able to read all the latest news and gossip is something that can put a smile on their face and help decrease the pain they may be feeling. Remember when you are at your physical therapy office, to leave the magazines as a courtesy to other patients and ask if you would like an article copied for you.

Topics: physical therapy