In my last post, I shared my discomfort with the idea that patients would consider following online advice that contradicted that of their physician. What does it say about the modern doctor-patient relationship?
A healing doctor-patient relationship is based on mutual trust. Patients trust that their physicians...
- are expert in their field
- call for advice from colleagues if dealing with a problem outside their expertise
- understand the patient's situation well enough to personalize their recommendations
- always have the patient's welfare as their primary directive
And physicians trust that their patients...
- report symptoms and concerns honestly
- let their physicians know if they don't understand what their physicians are saying
- follow instructions between office visits
- call for advice, if they cannot follow instructions between office visits for whatever reason
- know when to call for problems
So what is it about modern medicine that would lead an intelligent, responsible person to consider following advice found online that contradicts the physician's advice?