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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17

Doctor-patient relationship: Great expectations


1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pathology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Submission11-Mar-2015
Date of Acceptance01-Jun-2015
Date of Web Publication11-Apr-2016

Correspondence Address:
Amitabh Jena
Department of Surgical Oncology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-7095.180090

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Jena A, Patnayak R, Sivanath Reddy GV. Doctor-patient relationship: Great expectations. Int J Stud Res 2015;5:17

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Jena A, Patnayak R, Sivanath Reddy GV. Doctor-patient relationship: Great expectations. Int J Stud Res [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Aug 16];5:17. Available from: http://www.ijsronline.net/text.asp?2015/5/1/17/180090

Dear Editor,

From time immemorial, the relationship between doctor and patient has remained sacred. Doctors are revered and treated like gods particularly in Indian society [1]. This relationship has undergone a sea change like many other things in the so-called modern society. Doctors no longer enjoy the undisputable god-like status, as there are increases in number of litigations regarding medical practice. Furthermore, with easy availability of information, educated patients take an active interest in their ailments and do extensive research most of the time before taking a professional opinion. As far as doctors are concerned, on their part, it is often not easy to explain the diagnosis and prognosis of potentially incurable diseases to many patients or their family members. Telling the truth bluntly and telling it gently does make a difference [2]. After the initial reaction, which may vary from acute distress to denial to unnerving calmness, most of the patients tend or have to face the situation [3]. In the article "blurring of boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship," the authors are of the opinion that professional boundaries between doctor and patient are getting blurred [4]. Not being able to maintain a professional barrier is suggested as probably one of the causes of the surge of burnt out young oncologists. That may well be the cause, which many young professionals face today. Therefore, the need for an evidenced-based training regarding doctor-patient relationship is more acutely felt to tackle such problems. Whenever the patients and their relatives can face the situation, it is better to explain the diagnosis and prognosis to them personally in a reasonable manner. Even the advanced information technology can help in preparing answers to frequently asked questions. After all, the doctors and patients all are humans. At times, the doctors themselves are patients, and that is the time when they do get a glimpse of their own profession from a patients' point of view. At the end of the day, all we need is being human and to show care and sympathy for our fellow human beings.

Author's Contributions

RP and AJ prepared the manuscript.

Competing Interest

Nil.

Funding

Sources of funding: None.

 
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1.
Jena A, Patnayak R, Chowhan AK. Doctor as a healer. J Clin Sci Res 2013;2(4):119.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Jena A, Patnayak R, Sampath VV. Tell the truth, but be gentle. South Asian J Cancer 2013;2(4):192.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Patnayak R, Jena A, Vamsi NR, Bhargavi D. Who will bell the cat? Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol 2014;35(1):122.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
Fallowfield L, Guarneri V, Ozturk MA, May S, Jenkins V. Blurring of boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship. Lancet Oncol 2014;15(13):1423-4.  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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