Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Everyone is entitled to a good doctor

Everyone is entitled to a good doctor " When patients and their relatives say they have a “good doctor”, they mean a doctor whom they feel they can trust without having to think about it. They equate
“goodness” with integrity, safety, up-to-date medical knowledge and diagnostic skill, and the ability to form a good relationship with them. For them, good doctors are clinically expert and at the same time are interested in them, kind, courteous, empathetic and caring. All these attributes matter to them because they know that their doctors’ decisions can affect the outcome of their illness — even make the difference between life and death, or between enjoying a speedy recovery and suffering serious disability. "

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