ITEMS IN AFP WITH KEYWORD:
There is probably no situation more difficult for the physician than working effectively with a potentially violent patient.
The scenario described above will become increasingly familiar to most practicing physicians over the next few years. Currently, we are witness to at least 40 million “medically indigent” patients without insurance and the number continues to increase.
The first step in addressing unnecessary demands is to ascertain the patient's needs.
Despite the frequency of mistakes in medical practice, there is no unequivocal formal guidance on how physicians should deal with medical errors.
May 1, 1999 Issue
Communicating Effectively with a Patient Who Has a Somatization Disorder [Curbside Consultation]
How did things go wrong in this physician-patient relationship? The patient ended up angry and distrustful of the physician. At what point did this lack of trust develop? One obvious trouble spot occurred when the patient only reluctantly agreed to see the psychiatrist. A referral to a mental health...
I believe that the problem here could have been avoided by acknowledging the mother's concerns and answering them specifically and directly. A recent study performed in Atlanta indicated that 84 percent of parents would accept a physician's decision not to prescribe antibiotics for a febrile illness...
While this parent may have been difficult under any circumstances, it is likely that this particular situation played a substantial role in the parent's anger and hostility. Health care professionals, especially if they have never been a patient or a parent themselves, may not be sensitive to the pr...