A strong doctor-patient relationship can make all the difference in a patient’s treatment and quality of care. In my experience, abiding by a few key principles goes a long way in building a relationship that enables a more successful diagnostic and therapeutic regimen.
The first, and arguably most important principle for me, is to see each patient as a person rather than a patient with cancer. Making them feel comfortable that I’m concerned about their disease process and ready to get through it as a team helps build trust from the beginning.
A doctor-patient relationship represents a collaboration, a shared commitment by both doctor and patient to work towards a common goal of therapeutic success. The importance of this mutual determination cannot be understated as treatment efficacy relies on both parties as neither can be successful in isolation.
When we look at the relationship between doctor and the patient, there is one theme that is constant: putting the patient first. The responsibility stands squarely on the shoulders of the physician from the onset to help make the patient feel comfortable and prepared to engage in an open and honest dialogue to help formulate a treatment plan.
The doctor /patient relationship is built on mutual respect, utmost trust, and dedication of the parties involved. This relationship allows both parties to engage in a frank and open professional interaction that best serves the patient health care needs. Such a relationship must not be affected by an outside pressure, on either side, to force a different choice of care nor be affected by any monetary gain or loss.
#MedicareMonday: Helping Hypertensive Patients Live Healthier Lives
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