Increased Trust, Decreased Fear, in the doctor-patient relationship

Does mutual understanding between patient and doctor lessen fear and promote better health outcomes?  Eric Nelson, a spiritual thinker, writer and colleague, explores this possibility. Let’s read what Eric has to share.

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PETALUMA, CA, Oct. 20, 2014 – Does it really matter if your doctor appreciates the power of prayer? For me it may not have been the most important factor to consider but, ultimately, a significant if unexpected plus.

I had spent the better part of three weeks in the hospital, lying in traction, recovering from a number of injuries following a serious accident – two broken legs, various internal injuries and extensive cuts and bruises to my face. At the moment, however, the biggest challenge confronting me was whether or not to go ahead with what one of my doctors considered an immediate need for surgery to mend a shattered pelvis.

After consulting with my parents, I asked if I could be given the rest of the afternoon and that evening to think things through. My doctor agreed and said that he would still plan on coming by in the morning to prep for an operation.

Although on the surface this seemed like a fairly normal exchange between doctor and patient, what was left unsaid between the two of us was just as important as what was.

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