Taking another hit at the doctor patient relationship is the use of smart phones to record things while undergoing treatment.
There is a growing trend of patients secretively recording the conversation that they have with their doctors.
Nearly 10 per cent of the patients recorded their conversation with doctors, without permission, during their clinical visits, according to a research by Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy.
This conversation can always backfire at the doctor as it can be used in malpractice suits and also against the doctors in social media. While some physicians were found to encourage those who were critically ill and could not remember the instructions to record it on the smart phones, permission was taken only by two per cent of the patients and their extended family.
According to the study, smart phone recording has the potential of being used in legal proceedings and hence certain guidelines which have to be set before the doctors and patients are allowed such a recording.
In a recent case, a patient circulated the recorded clip on social media and the concerned doctor had to face the consequences.
The case has now become an example for doctors to go by the Book, without considering any other advice as that might appear casual and can backfire.
Doctors have their own fear of it, as it will hamper their work, and they will have to think of medico-legal consequences before they say a word.
"Once you breach that trust, you affect the care that the doctor can provide. Because they're always wondering, 'Are you just recording me? What are you doing? Don't you trust me?' And that's a big issue. Because if you lose [that trust] that really affects the relationship," said the doctor in the study.
“If at all a patient want to record the advice from the doctor, then he/she can do it after taking the permission.”
Relationship rests on trust and if that becomes doubtful, the treatment will become legally correct, but chances are high that it will become more costly, more protocol oriented and in critical condition may be less effective.
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