A doctor may have said “I am doing well” to a patient, but not always in the way you might think.
That’s because the phrase doesn’t often refer to a physical condition, according to a new study.
It can also be used in a general sense, such as when the doctor is talking about the health of the patient or to describe the patient’s mood.
A new study suggests that doctors might be using the phrase to indicate a positive mood rather than a specific illness.
The new study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, also found that when doctors use the phrase, they are more likely to say it to refer to the health status of the patients.
“It’s important to note that doctors do use the term ‘health,’ but it is not the same as saying ‘healthy,'” said study author Dr. Paul L. Haddad, an associate professor of medicine and of epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco.
“I think that the term is more commonly used in terms of a general statement.”
A number of factors have been identified that could explain why doctors often use the expression “I can do this” instead of the more specific “I have.”
First, doctors might say that the patient is improving because of their medical care, but that’s not the whole story.
In other words, a doctor might be referring to a condition such as a broken bone or a stroke that would be more common if the patient were healthy.
Another factor is that some doctors, such in the US, may be more likely than others to say that they are doing well, because they have access to health care resources.
Other times, doctors may be talking about a specific patient who may be having problems.
That can make sense, Haddand said.
“If we know the person has a particular medical condition, we are better able to treat it.”
The study also suggests that the phrase might be used to describe a positive attitude rather than specific illness because doctors often describe the mental state of the person they are treating as positive, rather than negative.
It’s possible that doctors may say “I did well” when talking about their patients’ mental health, because mental health care often involves identifying symptoms and treating them with medication.
But this research suggests that there’s a greater emphasis on “I” when referring to health than “I,” said study co-author Dr. David J. Mancuso, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
That could be because doctors use that term to describe their patient’s general well-being, Mancuseo said.
The study was published in JAMA Psychiatry.
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