Power Issues in the Doctor-Patient Relationship

  title={Power Issues in the Doctor-Patient Relationship},
  author={Felicity Goodyear-Smith and Stephen Buetow},
  journal={Health Care Analysis},
Power is an inescapable aspect of all socialrelationships, and inherently is neither goodnor evil. Doctors need power to fulfil theirprofessional obligations to multipleconstituencies including patients, thecommunity and themselves. Patients need powerto formulate their values, articulate andachieve health needs, and fulfil theirresponsibilities. However, both parties canuse or misuse power. The ethical effectivenessof a health system is maximised by empoweringdoctors and patients to develop… CONTINUE READING