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eISSN: 1643-3750

The dilemma of being a physician-patient.

Andreas Otte, Kurt Audenaert, Karina Otte, Stefanie De Man, Rudi Dierckx

Med Sci Monit 2003; 9(4): SR20-22

ID: 4682

Published: 2003-04-23


Being either a physician or a relative to a physician on the occasion of having a disease needing help from another physician, the physician-patient situation, can trigger some problems which are different from the normal doctor-patient relationship. Some aspects of this are an incorrect diagnostic approach (either hyper- or hypo-diagnostics) and an inadequate therapeutic regimen. Others are mainly based on the peer situation of the two parties involved. Awareness of the special physician-patient situation in the treating physician could be one step out of the dilemma.

Keywords: Attitude, Diagnosis, Drug Therapy, Humans, Physician-Patient Relations, Physicians, Terminology



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