Creating a New Doctor–Patient Relationship

by David Lemberg MS DC on January 20, 2016

I recently presented my talk, “Medical Ethics: Creating a New Doctor–Patient Relationship” at Jewish Family Service community group meetings at Temple Adat Shalom (Poway, CA) on 10/14/2015 and Temple Solel (Encinitas, CA) on 11/17/2015.

The talk focuses on

  • The history of medical ethics
  • How to create a mutually beneficial and effective partnership with your doctor
  • How to protect your future welfare and that of your family by creating a meaningful and practical advance directive

Today’s doctor–patient relationship requires new thinking on all sides. The Supreme Court long ago affirmed the principle of patient autonomy, that is, the patient’s right to choose or refuse medical treatment. It is no longer proper for the doctor merely to tell the patient what is to be done. Patient considerations regarding harms and benefits, as well as considerations of quality of life, must be part of the process. But such evaluations are complicated for both the patient and the doctor. The need for a new relationship, a partnership that involves shared decision-making, is now more important than ever, especially when considering end-of-life care.

I am available to present “Medical Ethics: Creating a New Doctor–Patient Relationship” at conferences and community groups.

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