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Document Typology: Web Article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Ethical dilemma - Can a doctor act against patient’ will?
Name of author(s): Mariola Marklowska-Dzierżak
Name of publisher: Gazeta Lekarska
Language of the publication: Polish
Language of the review: English
Doctors have less and less time for conversation with a patient, because they are dependent on many various institutions, they are involved in a set of regulations. This is the reason for most of the conflicts between a patient and a doctor. The author claims that every conflict should be solved by the conversation and exchange of opinions, not by authoritarian decisions.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The author refers to data which show that only 5% of medical visits contain the real conversation and exchange of thoughts. He suggests that there is no point in treating a patient like that. He implies that a patient should actively participate in making decision related to his medical treatment including the right to refusal. The author claims that a good communication should involve understanding of needs, respect and empathy.
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