Good and bad patients: a review of the literature and a theoretical critique.

@article{Kelly1982GoodAB,
  title={Good and bad patients: a review of the literature and a theoretical critique.},
  author={Michael P. Kelly and Donna May},
  journal={Journal of advanced nursing},
  year={1982},
  volume={7 2},
  pages={147-56}
}
Nursing, sociological and psychological research into good and bad, popular and unpopular, and desirable and undesirable patients is reviewed. A number of themes which have been linked by researchers with the evaluation of good and bad patients are identified. These are patients' illnesses and diseases, patients' behaviour, the social backgrounds of patients, patients' attitudes and staff attitudes. It is argued that much of the literature on good and bad patients is deficient from an empirical… CONTINUE READING

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