Over the last 20 years, I have tried to help create a positive impact on the lives of my patients. I have laughed with them. I have cried with them. I have educated them and they have educated me. Many view the doctor-patient relationship unilaterally. They see the doctor as the giver and the patient as the receiver. I view it as bond where both parties benefit from every encounter.
Understanding the true needs of my patients and assisting them fulfill these needs taught me humility. I learned that trust had to be earned and that character, integrity and honesty was equally important to my patients as my doctoring skills. When a doctor steps down from the “pedestal” he or she is capable of helping people attain great changes in their lives.
In this post, I would like your help. I would appreciate your feedback and comments to the following 3 questions. As I continue to raise awareness among doctors, your feedback will give better insight how doctors can provide a more complete service to their patients. My goal is to help improve the doctor-patient relationship as well as the expectations each expects from an an office visit. Thank you for taking your time to help.
- What experiences have you had with your doctor(s) that have influenced where you are today?
- Do you feel that you have better control of your health as a result of this relationship?
- What have been the most important things you’ve learned that has changed your thinking and actions in life?