Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Overattentive Families May Be Underrated - New York Times

Overattentive Families May Be Underrated - New York Times: "It’s every physician’s fear: the patient with the “involved” family, relatives who watch over everything, question everybody and make a nuisance of themselves. Yet, in today’s world of rapid-fire medicine, such relatives may be a patient’s most important advocates.The most effective families, it seems to me, are those who genuinely appreciate the efforts of frequently overwhelmed health care providers and who seek to work with them to help care for their relatives. At the same time, as a concerned family member, you may know the patient better than anyone else, and if you see something that doesn’t seem right, speak up. The doctors may not thank you, but perhaps they should."
This is why it's such a good idea to take a concerned family-member with you to the doctor and the hospital !

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