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Patient Modesty: Volume 59
Thread visitor APRC wrote the following "I think it is very hard for people who work in health care
to accept when a patient refuses care, no matter what the reason. After all,
you have devoted many years of study, hard work and personal sacrifice to this
endeavor, only to be met with obstinance and refusal. I am sure it must boggle
the mind of every health care worker out there and cast patients as little more
than petulant children.
However, it is the duty of the health care worker to try to see things from the
patient's perspective, and not the other way around. YOU are the fiduciary and
I am the entrustor. As such, you have the duty to act in my best interest and I
have the right to expect you to do so. You have chosen the role of provider,
but I have not chosen the role of patient. [perhaps aside from a handful of
purely elective medical matters]".
One could argue, however, it is not that simple. Trust is
not just a one way street in the function of the doctor-patient relationship
despite the fact that the patient is the one who is sick. The physician is the one given the
responsibility to reverse that sickness. Trust in the physician by the patient
has to be set by the limitations of trust the physician can have in the
patient: presenting a complete history, cooperating in the completion of an
appropriate workup, demonstrating compliance with the medical advice and
treatment. And just as the doctor will
have issues of time, full attention and requirements and limits set by others and the
uncertainties of diseases which may affect the responsibility for trust. So too,
the patient may have personal financial, social or emotional reasons which
cause the patient to fail to meet the criteria that the physician looks for in
trusting the patient. Both the physician
and the patient have their own limitations which can negatively affect full trust in the
All of this represents important considerations in how
smooth and comfortable the patient-doctor relationship and interaction with the
medical profession develop. And the limitations experienced on both sides influence how patient's requests for modesty and gender selection of providers is handled. ..Maurice.
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