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How Involved Do You Get When a Patient Refuses Treatment?

How Involved Do You Get When a Patient Refuses Treatment?

The Scenario: One of your patients refuses the medication/treatment you know will best help him. How hard do you push the patient to accept your recommended course of action, and when do you let it go?

The Dilemma: There’s no clear cut answer in this type of situation. Do you involve family members who may help change the patient’s mind? Do you ask other physicians/staff members to talk with the patient? Do you respect the patient’s decision and leave it at that? Does it depend on the scope of the healthcare problem and the implications not accepting treatment will have on the patient?

What Would You Do: When faced with situations like this one, what strategies would you employ to achieve compliance? In the comments section below, share what you would do and why. Your response might help another physician deal with this issue.


 

 
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