Reem Khalid Al Zadjali Student ID : 107114 12-10-2016 Doctor Patient Communication Hospital and Community Attachment Course Introduction Productive doctor-patient communication is a fundamental unit of a good clinical outcome. It is essential in the delivery of an efficient and high-quality health care. As Hall et al once said, “Medicine is an art whose magic and creative ability have long been recognized as residing in the interpersonal aspects of patient-physician relationship”. Therefore, the doctor-patient communication is considered to be the heart of medicine, (Fong Ha J, 2010). It is simply a way of conveying and sharing information effectively and efficiently.
Throughout the history of medicine, physicians have been required to maintain an extraordinary level of moral sensitivity and duty. As a result, the conduct of those trusted with these responsibilities has been embedded in oaths. These evolving principles stand as a means to strengthen a doctor’s resolve to behave with integrity in their practice. Customs, social beliefs, and politics all just a few things that have the ability to sway a physician’s moral norms. For that reason, medicine requires formalized guidance to offer some resistance to fluctuating social opinion as a reminder to balance the needs of their patients with that of the physician.
Many doctors see patients as just a disease or an illness. This approach to medicine can be detrimental to the health and well being of the patients they are trying to treat. It is very important for doctors to learn that their patients are more complex than just a disease, and good health care should address all aspects of a person. Effective communication and understanding with patients is also extremely important for good patient care, and it is a skill that must be learned and developed by all doctors. Doctors must use these skills with patients to improve doctor-patient relationships and patient well being.
A physician’s role is to provide medical assistance to patients in need of it. Whether it goes from just doing a physical to even a surgery. The importance of physician in this society is extremely high. Everywhere in the world, physicians are very important. There are hospitals and clinics everywhere in the world where citizens of the area, go to get checked up to ensure their health is in a good condition.
The profession is full of tough choices to be made by the physician, patients and families. So in my opinion one should compare the up and down side of his/her choices and go for that with benefit to the patient and family. In doing so we need to take in to consideration of ours and publics’ moral ground, laws of the country and cultures of the people. I believe every life has a purpose in this world and should be left to pass on by its own natural course without any intervention. The state of patient’s health condition may be so bad he/she may want to be killed or commit a suicide but the job as a physician is to work the best they can in finding a solution for the pain or suffering.
• Physicians are to influence and lead their patients by example. • Illness, discomfort, pain, and the dying process are learning opportunities for both the patient and the physician. It cannot be avoided and should be taken in stride instead to learn more about one’s whole being and life approach. • Physicians and experts are supposed to encourage their patients to evoke the healing power of love, hope, humor, and enthusiasm to release the toxic consequences of hostility, shame, greed, depression, and prolonged fear, anger, and grief. • Optimal health is more than the absence of sickness.
This makes it very hard for any patient to comprehend, in particular those who do not speak fluent English. According to a study carried out by Lerner et al. (2000) there is a deficiency in patients understanding medical terminology. Health care professionals also need to be more conscious of the language and vocabulary used when communicating with patients. Patients often feel intimidated and vulnerable when in a healthcare setting.
Through this system, communication in the medical field can be done much more effectively. Also, because clinicians do not have to move around for test results, or leave the patient to pull up medical records, they are spending more face-to-face time with their patients. The consultation process can go smoothly because the doctor/nurse has everything they need to operate efficiently at the click of a button. Additionally, the internet has allowed quicker communication within patients, doctors and nurses. It eliminates the distance between the three of them, whether they 're in the same room or in different countries, the communication is not disturbed.Online medical websites allow the practitioners to discuss particular portions of a medical situation and come up with timely conclusions.