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[–] Redeyedjedi 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

As a doctor i would like to be condescending to a number of patients. And am when i can be, mostly to jail patients, but doing so comes with risk, the risk of being sued. All your actions are scrutinized even more if you treat a patient like a piece of shit, even when they are. And it doesn't matter if you win a lawsuit, it is being sued that harms you as a physician.

The other side is that your job isn't to change people, it is to advise them as to how they should change to improve their health. The reality is not everyone wants to change; fuck i didn't even want to change, being a lazy poor stoner with a shit job is a lot more enjoyable life than a doctor with money and no time to spend it. Just like being a lazy fatass is more enjoyable than going to the gym every day. But that is something most doctors don't even understand.

Tldr people have to want to change, treating them like shit only hurts you.

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[–] Salicaz [S, M] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks for your input! I've noticed a similar vein here in that the thought of being sued is what keeps doctors from saying what they feel. I assume this is an American thing?

I wonder if it could be pushed further here in the UK? Whilst a complaint could most certainly be made I don't think you can actually sue here unless malpractice is carried out, which I don't think would be the case here.

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[–] Sire 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

As a doctor you're trained to show empathy to one's situation. In the end a patient tends to comply more often and better with treatment, so the human kindness def plays a part.

If repeat treatments don't seem to help putting your foot down as a doctor can certainly serve as a wake-up call. Or any kind of shock-treatment for that matter. An example is a doctor having a big jar full of blackish liquid on his desk, and when a patient asks about it he explains that it's the amount of tar a smoker puts in his lungs while smoking a pack a day for a year.

Very often non-compliance boiles down to people making excuses and not be willing to accept a more or less harsh truth. Educating them solves a lot of misinformation and half-truths (quite common with American obesity on the internet).

Of course it's a person's own choice to follow treatment or not, but a doctor's authority should be enough at least to get a patient to start thinking about what's best. Shock therapy can help, but usually as a last resort, in my experience.

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[–] Salicaz [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I agree that a scientific study would bolster credibility. However in my personal experience the modern world has intentionally shifted blame to someone else. I've seen it in parents with their "not my little angel!" When I'm fact their kid is a cunt.

I think it's time to forget the feelings of people being hurt if it actually saves their lives.

To further your point I reckon doctors should have legal protection when stating facts, delivering it brutally is their own perogative.

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[–] HST 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The doctors want to keep their patients. I agree the language is too soft but it isn't the doctor's fault that the patients are used to soft language and can't handle straight truths.

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[–] Salicaz [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I think we should turn the wheel and start making reality hit home. Doctors seem front line enough to deliver it.

Also thanks for your input :)