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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 356-360

Patient-doctor relationship: Changing perspectives and medical litigation


Directorate General Medical Services (Army), Adjutant General's Branch, Integrated Head Quarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), 'L' Block, New Delhi 110 001, India

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K Ganesh
Directorate General Medical Services (Army), Adjutant General's Branch, Integrated Head Quarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), 'L' Block, New Delhi 110 001
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.56204

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The patient doctor relational dimer has become complex with the hierarchical or fiduciary manner changing to an equal or un equal relationship. Trust and control are interchangeable, leading to increased patient requirements for disclosure and expectations of a cafeteria approach in diagnoses and management of his/her bodily condition. From any mismatch, there is a potential for medical litigation. In this context, the rise of global consumerism, the explosion of information available on the internet, and the changed manner of the medical profession from being shrouded in mystic / ceremony to trifurcation of medical services to doctoral diagnoses and management, ancillary pharmacy industry, and paramedical services like nursing, counselling and the new age quackery have contributed to this dimer.


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