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Reflections

Doctors as patients: a view from the receiving end

Anonymous

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Abstract

In the first article of a new series, an eminent specialist explains how being on the other side of the doctor–patient relationship can be most enlightening.

Article Extract

I was amazed. A routine prostate screening suggested cancer. A biopsy confirmed that treatment, rather than watchful waiting, was necessary. Until then I’d imagined I was invincible.

The surgeon explained the options carefully and listened to my concerns. I felt confident I’d be in good hands.

My experiences in hospital had been extensive – daily ward rounds for over 30 years, knowing the ins and outs of the system, feelings of control and of being very at home in the environment. Sound familiar?

But my experience at the receiving end was nonexistent. That was about to change.

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