A two way street: the clinician / patient relationship

The attached article is much more than about vaccines. The concept that a clinician’s patient needs to afford him or her a minimum level of respect and trust is paramount and applies to all aspects of the patient / clinician relationship. It’s not the same as “Doctor knows best”. Yet, as the author points out, there needs to be a degree of respect for the clinicians education and experience and that we are not simply an official to “rubber stamp” what the patient wants. When patients come in demanding an antibiotic or a CT scan for their illness, it needs to be understood that there are times the treatment they want is sometimes entirely inappropriate and can even be harmful to them. And in the case of vaccines, the withholding of treatment can be detrimental.



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