The Treatment Of Patient Physician Relationship

987 Words Dec 21st, 2015 4 Pages
Since the last two decades, there have been several changes in the patient-physician relationship. The patient’s role in decision making was very limited in the early 90’s. But with the increasing use of internet the role of patient has taken a different shape altogether. The model or mode of treatment which was previously dominated by the physicians’ intuitions and experiences has over the period of time changed dramatically. Based on the level of patient and physician participation in the process of making critical decision, four models have been painted and practiced.

The Paternalistic Model:
This model is also known as the priestly model. This model ensures that the patients receive weekly or bi-weekly news feeds that talk about the best practices in order to ensure good health. Here, the physician studies a patient and analyzes his/her medical condition and suggest medical test and treatment that the patient must undergo to revive healthy conditions and mitigate pain. These are apparently suggestions however conveyed in a manner that results in the patient giving consent for the treatments and interventions by the physician.

Thus, in this model the physician basically acts as a guardian. Although, he is morally responsible in accounting for the patient’s choice or interest, he articulates and implements his ideas what he thinks is the best fit for the patient. Therefore, amongst the two, patients sovereignty and health, the stress is always on the…
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