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Patient’s Doctor Relationship a Research Finding

Posted Oct 11th, 2021 in Naturopathic Medicine, News, Tips

The Therapeutic and Personal Relationship between the patient and treating doctor is of paramount significance in building trust and care that everyone needs for the proper medical care. This relationship is the cornerstone of the therapeutic process, regardless of the doctor’s knowledge or experience. I am writing this article not only from my experience as a practitioner in the medical field for over 25 years (20 years as an oncologist in Egypt and Saudi Arabia) and 5 years as a naturopathic doctor in Toronto Ontario but also as a patient when I seek help for my own health. If I am in a patient’s position, I totally forget all my medical practice and experience and I change to a person in need of help and follow whatever the doctor tells me, of course, I carry more information than a regular patient, but in the end, I am at the receiving end of the medical decision for my health and wellbeing. One of the things that really matter is when my treating doctor listens to my complaints, addresses them fully, and works with me to overcome my health issues. Being well informed about what my doctor advises me to do to be healthier is very essential to me to comprehend whatever the doctor advises and guides me through. I know that this takes time and energy from the treating doctor, but from the patient’s perspective, it is quite essential and highly expected by most people. This article will talk about research done on this subject Patient’s  Doctor Relationship, and this was research done by dermatologists exploring the different aspects of patient’s doctor relationship and how does this impact the therapeutic gain at the end.

This article, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3047732/   was published in the Journal of J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2010 you can check the previous link for more details, however, I will summarize to you these research findings: One of the important needs for patient’s service is proper availability of the medical and research information to the patients by any means (such as online data, flyers, even talking to the patients and enlightening them about more detailed information about their health, diagnosis, and treatment, etc. For patients with chronic disorders (for this article, they were talking about the chronic dermatological disorders, however, I can add to the list oncology and cancer-related issues, diabetes, neuropathy, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, parkinsonism, and the list can go longer and longer), they often have unsatisfying results of treatment and this is not always caused by less effective treatments but most of the time, it can be related to the nature of the illness, lack of response to the best available treatment modalities, and also from the patient’s perspectives, how patient and resilient are they in the face of waiting for the response to the suggested treatments (even with a limited or unsatisfying response for some patients). The article suggested educating these patients more to help understand the nature of their illness and the expectations from their treating medical team and the timelines that they may start feeling response or change in their health.

There are other recommendations from this article to improve the patient’s doctor relationships such as the support and contribution from third parties in the healthcare system such as government funds for health, hospitals, medications availability and cost as well private insurance services.

I hope that you enjoy reading this interesting article, and it is my please to share your thoughts or recommendations to help people get the best of the services offered to them,


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