How should healthcare professionals act when they (or their loved ones) are patients?
November 17, 2010 11:04 AM Subscribe
Health-care workers of MeFi: how do you act around doctors when you or a family member is receiving care?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I am in my final semester of nursing school, with a focus on oncology. Two days ago my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm going with her to meet with the surgeon, and I have a million questions. I feel like my knowledge about cancer will make me a better advocate for my mom, but I don't want to jeopardize her care by annoying the doctors. They're the experts, to be sure, but I know a lot more about this subject than the average patient or family member.
So, I'm new to the healthcare arena. What is expected/acceptable behavior when a patient or family member has more than a lay-person's knowledge about their condition? How do I use my knowledge to be a great advocate for my mom, without causing problems?
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