I think this incident had a positive result because I have stood from patient’s angle. I have concerned the feeling of the patient. If I were a patient, I would expect the medical students provide appropriate suggestions for me instead of sharing uncertain information. The most critical outcome is that developing a trust relationship between us. Trust relationship is a kind of interactive process that requires care and concern (Chin, 2001).
For examples, for elderly patients, primary care doctors can warn them about the importance of exercising regularly and controlling diets, so as to prevent progression of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. By altering life style, patients’ risk of suffering from chronic illnesses will be reduced, this can lower the burden of public hospitals in handling with chronic illnesses. Primary care doctors have the ability to analyze and decide whether the patients require a referral to specialists. Instead of referring the patients that are hard to handle immediately, primary care doctors should treat the patients with their utmost effort if they have the ability to treat the patients. Some doctors are not fulfilling their own roles nowadays, they are not treating patients if they found the conditions are complicated and take long time of following up, they will rather referring to specialists than treating it themselves, this will increase the burden on the specialists service.
Finally, before I began this module, it would never have occured to me that patients wouldn 't take their medications. It seemed logical to me that patients would be interested in getting better as quickly as possible, and so they would comply with the instructions regarding their medication. I have learned that this way of thinking is somewhat naive and that there exist numerous reasons why patients might not take their medications (correctly) and that it is the physician 's responsibility to be aware of non-adherence. As Hippocrates once said: "Keep a watch...on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about taking the things prescribed. For through not taking disagreeable drinks, purgative or other, they sometimes die"(Huth and Murray, 2006).
For this reason, patients, families and physicians might not feel ready, since in reality it means talking about dying and that can be difficult. A patient who does choose hospice would need to stop pursuing treatment that could prolong their life. This can be a challenge for families, as there is a perception that the patient is giving up on life, when in fact they are choosing quality of life over
PHARMACIST-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP: Optimal medication management requires an effective relationship between the patient and health care professional. As pharmacists move from the traditional dispensing role to become more actively involved in patient care, factors influencing their relationship with patients need to be identified. A better understanding of these factors will facilitate more effective relationships. Pharmacists' professional roles have transformed to include provision of information, education, and pharmaceutical care services. These changes have resulted in a focus on collaborative pharmacist-patient professional relationships, in which pharmacists and patients both have roles and responsibilities.
Kass-Bartelmes & Hughes (2003) identified the lack of communication between the patients, family members, and healthcare providers. Information given was too complicated to understand which in turn causes confusion about treatments available. Similarly, different research expressed the need for early discussion when the patients are still healthy although the doctors may find it difficult and uncomfortable initiating the conversation leading to missed opportunities. However, it can instil hope if it is carried out delicately (Ng,
There can be resources in health care facility but if it cannot be operated efficiently then the patients will suffer as adequate care will not be given. Example, in a facility where there is the ECG machine, a patient who reports to the hospital with Tachycardia, the doctor should be knowledgeable in the use of the ECG machine as it will help to know the state of the heart and dictate where the problem is so that prompt and adequate treatment will be
When it comes to life support, it may seem as if every patient can be kept on it until they get better, but what if the chances are very rare, should they still be kept on life support? Life Support was originally intended to help the body perform functions when they are unable to operate to keep the being alive until further treatment is available or the natural healing process begins. Often the general public is misleading when the availability of this method grows because millions of dying patients are now kept on life support. A dying person should not be kept on life support because it does not prove to be ethical, and can lead to harmful side-effects and keeping a dying person on life support just breaks false hopes which build up in
When healthcare leaders fail to preserve the principles of medical ethics, the leaders are vulnerable to administering morally inappropriate patient care; consequently, the effects of such actions lead to undesirable patient outcomes. A physician in a case study involving a depressed elderly gentleman did not execute the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, and non-maleficence. The physician violated these ethical principles and as a result, he did not respect the right of the patient to refuse treatment, his actions did not benefit the patient and his health or well-being, and the physician prolonged his suffering. The following paragraphs will review the history of the case study and give examples of how the physician breached these
Perhaps, there might even be unreported cases of tragedies caused by medical errors. People are expecting to be cared for once they are in the hospital, and becoming a victim of medical error or medical malpractice is the least that people would expect from health care professionals. Among the different departments of a health care facility, it is the Emergency Room that patients turn to for assessment, diagnosis and treatment. For this reason, it is necessary for health care professionals to provide excellent service to ER patients by putting the patients’ safety and wellness as a priority. In order to reduce errors in the Emergency Room, health care professionals must employ strategies that would target aspects of the Emergency Department where errors are most likely to occur.