Psoriasis Worries: Do You Have a Good Doctor Patient Relationship?
The doctor-patient relationship is one of the most complex social relationships that we can have. A good clinical practice is the one that involves mutual trust between both parties.
The doctor needs to show social and physician commitment, a friendly emphatic approach towards the patient's feelings and our fears.
Benefits of a good doctor-patient relationship
After disheartening appointments, I have left the doctor's offices and switched physicians because they didn’t show or know the importance of encouragement. They showed little interest and a willingness to help. Maybe this is just me, but I like a doctor who smiles and can use humor to relax me.
A good patient-doctor relationship needs to have openness and positivity for an effective outcome of the treatment. My best doctor visits are the ones that involve a common conversation at the beginning.
By talking to me about my concerns and at the same time listening carefully, the doctor shows me that what they are saying is important for further treatment. To me, this demands time and attention from the doctor.
Seeing doctors for psoriasis
I have been going to a doctor to treat my psoriasis since the age of five. I think that a good doctor must be able to put himself in the patient's shoes. The doctor should make the necessary examinations and prescribe appropriate therapy.
This can only be done by assessing the patient's level of literacy and addressing him in a way that they understand; you telling me big words means nothing to me. I need to be able to trust that I know what you are saying.
He should also provide advice with an understandable vocabulary, and show to the patient that he or she is appreciated and welcome.
Expectations of a doctor
The doctor must be aware that he will treat people and involve them in a situation that will hopefully, be beneficial. Emotional pressures and factors come into play to almost every patient being treated, so dealing with people demands a great part of knowledge.
Visiting the doctor for some people can be stressful and can create feelings of fear, worry, and uncertainty. Every treatment and approach used by the doctor would be much better if he is aware of the way people function mentally and is familiar with common discomforts and anxieties.
Expectations of a patient
Feelings of distrust is a sign that a patient needs open and honest communication with their doctor. If the doctor senses the patient's insecurity, he should talk to the patient openly to determine the cause of the feeling. It can be said that people visit doctors because they feel the need for help.
People avoid doctors or reject medical advice because they feel that the doctor is not trying to hear them and doesn’t understand them. We go through a lot of emotional and social stress. I have been in this place plenty of times.
How to improve the doctor-patient relationship
The doctor-patient relationship can be improved. It is especially important that health professionals are diligent and respect their responsibility and the oath there given, ensuring reasonable health for everyone.
Regardless of whom you are or social status, the doctor must see the person as a patient. I have great doctors now but it wasn’t always like this. They know why they entered this profession in the first place. They want to help people and most importantly relate to us on our level.
We are here to see you for a reason; respect us as patients.
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