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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Doctor – patient relationship
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Language of the publication: Romanian
Language of the review: English
This article presents some aspects of the doctor - patient relationship.
When the patient goes to a medical check - any specialty - either the family doctor, dentist, cardiologist, gynecologist, dermatologist, the X-ray, ECG or EEG, CT scan or ultrasound, everything is "running" according to a scenario, known before by all: - it is exposed the problem, the doctor performs additional questions after consultation and prescribes a recipe and inform about the died and about what is allowed and not allowed to patient.
The dentist makes his job, but he does not explain in what consists the "stopping a mass", "removal of a nerve" or "clogged the channel". Neither the gynecologist explains in what the medical examination consists, which are the problems discovered during a simple control, how to use a particular test and how secure it is. When it is recommended a treatment, often the risks are not explained if the treatment is interrupted or combined with other drugs.
In the cases of a surgery, the doctor should explain what exactly the intervention consists in, what happens to patients after surgery, what symptoms to expect in the coming days, what to do and what not, which is the normal period of recovering.
All doctors must have the patience to explain (after diagnosis and establishment of a treatment) about the disease, its causes, the hope of healing and the importance of respecting indications and the treatment prescribed by him.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The article brings forward the doctor-patient relationship problem, marked by a lack of adequate communication in all medical specialties. This problem suggests that doctors do not have the patience to explain to patients in what exactly the intervention or medical checks consists in, which are the repercussions of a surgery, or which is the importance of respecting the prescribed treatment.
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