|The patient/doctor relationship is part of the success of treatment. What should it be like?
Doctors need to have their patients best interests in mind, not their own financial interests.
The patient/doctor relationship should be one of mutual respect and ideally they should work as a team with the doctor lending his expertise, yet being open minded and supportive of the patient's decisions.
Your body is your symphony, your great opus. The various doctors are the musicians; you are the conductor. For me, it really is that simple.
Speaking from personal experience, I have a very friendly relationship with my clients. It gives them confidence that I am a good person they can trust. In my field of work, I am not only a massage therapist, I am also part couselor, meaning I listen well and encourage positive thinking.
In school we learn that we, being the therapist, help our clients help themselves. I think above all else the doctor should listen and the doctor should do research and study. I think the doctor should come up with all possibilities, find a way to test each and every one, diagnose and then help the patient heal.
The doctor should seek to empower the patient not make him/her reliant on the sole authority of the doctor and work in conjunction with the patient.
Your doctor(s) should make you feel better.
Ideally, the relationship that you have with your doctor is one that makes you feel both good. So it is your job, as a patient, to find a doctor that shares many of the same beliefs as you do about your treatment. There are such a wide variety of trained health care professionals available to you out there. All you have to do is make a decision between conventional, holistic, or naturopathic medicine among a few. There are so many ways you can explore, just be open to it.
In treating chronic wounds, my patients have to be part of the healing team. We have to agree on the goals of treatment and work together. I must listen to what they can and can not do and be creative to work with that patient and their family to come up with solutions.
It should be interactive and supportive.
The fiduciary relationship between a physician and a patient is foremost and should not be encumbered by 3rd parties (insurance, government, etc.). Like I say, first do not harm, 2nd do it right the first time, and 3rd be nice.
person and mirror..
The patient should remember that the Doctor is service personnel. Just like the TV repairman or mechanic.
More like a partnership.
I think the patient needs more empowerment in treatment decisions. We should all be educated about our bodies and conditions.
Ultimately, our health should be our own responsibility, with the trained healthcare practitioner being a guiding figure.
A doctor or therapist is an enabler, not a fixer. The more doctors that realise this and start educating their patients in healthy living, the more society will take responsibility for itself.
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