Patient Doctor Relationships

Most of the following comments are not unique to pituitary disease, but a major difference in this situation is that, initially, most patients and their supporters will have little or no knowledge of the condition and its implications.

The patient's attitude toward the caregiver may reflect their anxiety, how they are feeling, their confusion, distress, even anger, or their reaction to treatment. Help them by establishing and building the relationship. Encourage them to know and understand why they are seeing you and what the treatment is likely to be.

Your attitude to the patient is crucial. We have a right to be respected: this means being told about the condition in understandable terms and to have a second opinion if needed. Many patients are experts in their own nonmedical, fields and will usually respond positively when a physician or other caregiver takes the trouble to treat them as intelligent beings with a vested interest in what is going on.

Sometimes, doctors forget this.

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