However, the patient's needs, wants, and expectations are more important than my own. She is the center of her health.
I will always:
- Ask the patient what she wants, hopes, fears, believes to be true about her health.
- Ask the patient what she prefers.
- Tell the patient what options are available.
- If I am not able to do what the patient wants, explain why not.
- Ask the patient what her priorities are - whether in the moment, or in general.
I will never:
- Assume that the patient wants the same things I do.
- Blame the patient for their illness.
- Belittle the patient for powerlessness.
- Treat a patient worse than I would treat a family member.
- Check a box before I check with the patient.