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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Doctor – patient relationship
Name of author(s): Cristina Balanescu
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Language of the publication: Romanian
Language of the review: English
The article shows how the patient understands the disease and the how he assumes the role of patient.
The whole process of specialized medical care begins with the onset of the disease and the perception of it by the individual as a change of normal body condition and its operating capacity.
The ways in which the patient represents and confronts its disease are extremely varied, ranging from assessing the severity of changes in physical or mental condition, developing empirical assumptions about its condition, until the reaction, more or less emotion about these changes.
"The role" of sick begins within a secular system, which contains different rules, values, representations and meanings, which are defined in relation to both health, and the disease.
Unlike the doctor, who appreciate the symptoms in relation to a professional reference, defined by objective characters, the patient interprets his status in a subjective way. No disease can be conceived only as a set of symptoms, but as a process that gradually seeps into the life of an individual, transforming him both physically and mentally, dilutes his ability to adapt and lead him to adopt another behavior than usual. Therefore, it should not be viewed just as a personal event, but as a social event because it is not only change of the physical and mental condition of the individual, but his social position within the group.
With the validation of the role of patient, the individual acquires a new specific attribute of this role, becoming a patient by establishing a contact with health care institutions.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The article`s topic is included in the doctor-patient relationship theme, showing the patient's perspective, how he perceives himself in the sick role, and how he subjective he is in the self-evaluation relating with his initial status.
The author points out that the disease is a process that affects the patient physically, mentally and socially.
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