Doctor-Patient Relationships

Jul 1, 2011 Issue
Should I Be "Friends" with My Patients on Social Networking Web Sites? [Curbside Consultation]

First of all, kudos for getting involved in social media with the goal of promoting the health of your patients and collaborating with colleagues.

Jan 1, 2011 Issue
Comforting a Grieving Parent [Curbside Consultation]

The death of a child is the most devastating loss any parent can face. If physicians can help even a little, we will have done something of lasting value. Most of the things we can do may seem small to us, but are appreciated by the parents.

Jul 1, 2010 Issue
Improving Sensitivity to Patients from Other Cultures [Curbside Consultation]

In this scenario, the physician is facing several challenges: making a patient from another culture feel at ease; managing a female patient's discomfort with a male physician; and recognizing the patient's chief concern. Physicians often treat patients from cultures different from their own.

Apr 1, 2008 Issue
A Morally Reprehensible Patient [Curbside Consultation]

Patients who present to the clinic without having followed the treatment plan endorsed at previous visits may frustrate us on both professional and personal levels.

Aug 1, 2007 Issue
Should Physicians Accept Gifts from Patients? [Curbside Consultation]

Social norms ingrained from early child-hood usually prescribe a polite “thank you” when a gift is received. However, the social norms that govern the relationship between the physician and patient, called professional boundaries, may require a different and more reasoned response.

Jul 1, 2007 Issue
Responding to a Patient's Request to Pray [Curbside Consultation]

This complex scenario poses many challenges. At first glance, it seems to just be about prayer—should the physician pray with a patient? However, on closer inspection it becomes clear that this scenario is about successfully balancing the patient's beliefs and stated needs with the physician's belie...

May 1, 2007 Issue
How Do EHRs Affect the Physician-Patient Relationship? [Curbside Consultation]

In the United States, 28 percent of primary care physicians use EHRs, and another 31 percent plan to implement the system within the next year.

Apr 1, 2007 Issue
Physicians as Role Models [Curbside Consultation]

The basic questions asked in the scenario are whether physicians should always “practice what they preach,” and whether a physician's personal life should be accessible and relevant to patients. Professional role models are important.

Oct 1, 2006 Issue
Facilitating Shared Decision Making with Patients [Curbside Consultation]

American society values autonomy and the belief that competent adults have the right to make virtually any decision pertaining to their health care. As health care professionals, we have a responsibility to try to make sure that our patients are mentally capable, well-informed, and free of coercion.

Mar 1, 2006 Issue
Improving Outpatient Referrals to Secondary Care [Cochrane for Clinicians]

The interventions that have the best supporting evidence are the distribution of guidelines with standard referral forms and the involvement of specialist consultants in education. Disseminating guidelines without forms and providing physicians with feedback on referral patterns are not proven to be effective.

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