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Organizations as well as whole health care systems can promote continuity in clinical relationships, which in turn affects the strength of in those relationships. For instance, a market-based system with health insurance linked to employers' whims, with competitive provider networks and frequent mergers and acquisitions, thwarts long-term relationships.
A health plan that includes the spectrum of outpatient and inpatient, acute and chronic services has an opportunity to promote continuity across care settings. The competition to enroll patients is often characterized by a combination of exaggerated promises and efforts to deliver less. Patients may arrive at the doctor's office expecting all their needs to be met in the way they themselves expect and define. They discover instead that the employer's negotiator defines their needs and the managed care company has communicated them in very fine or incomprehensible print.
Primary care doctors thus become the bearers of the bad news, and are seen as closing gates to the patient's wishes and needs.
Impact of the Doctor-Patient Relationship
When this happens, an immediate and enduring barrier to a trust-based patient-doctor relationship is created. The doctor—patient relationship is critical for vulnerable patients as they experience a heightened reliance on the physician's competence, skills, and good will. The relationship need not involve a difference in power but usually does, 30 especially to the degree the patient is vulnerable or the physician is autocratic.
United States law considers the relationship fiduciary; i. Thus, providing health care, and being a doctor, is a moral enterprise.
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An incompetent doctor is judged not merely to be a poor businessperson, but also morally blameworthy, as having not lived up to the expectations of patients, and having violated the trust that is an essential and moral feature of the doctor—patient relationship. Deception or other, even minor, betrayals are given weight disproportional to their occurrence, probably because of the vulnerability of the trusting party R.Reaffirming the Doctor-Patient Relationship - Stephen Sanders - TEDxSaintLouisUniversity
Thus, a single organization may both provide and pay for care. Organizations as providers have duties such as competence, skill, and fidelity to sick members. Organizations as payers have duties of stewardship and justice that can conflict with provider duties.
Managed care organizations thus have conflicting roles and conflicting accountability. An organization's accountability to its member population and to individual members has a series of inherent conflicts.
Is the organization's primary accountability to its owners, to employer purchasers, to its population of members, or to individual, sick members? If these constituents somehow share the accountability, how are conflicting interests resolved or balanced? For example, the use of the primary care clinician to coordinate or restrain access to other services involves the primary care clinician in accountability for resource use as well as for care of individual patients.
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Although unrestricted advocacy for all patients is never really achievable, the proper balance and the principles of balancing between accountability to individual patients, a population of patients, or an organization need to be made explicit and to be negotiated in new ways.
All mechanisms for paying physicians, including fee-for-service reimbursement, create financial incentives to practice medicine in certain ways. We still lack a calculus to minimize or even describe in fine detail how such conflicts affect our ability to justify trusting relationships.
Even-handed social attention seems appropriate to all the different mechanisms of payment. Balanced assessment of how the details of remuneration systems influence doctor's willingness to act on behalf of patients will best protect both the health of the public and the health of doctor—patient relationships.
This is a priority for a new form of empirical, ethical research.
Patients may feel like they are objects being discussed, rather than as equals participating in their own care; they may not feel as though they know all of the team members and what their roles are Trust: There may be too many people with whom to establish rapport Knowledge and regard: Whenever possible, limit the number of physicians who round on a patient at one time; in teaching hospitals, where this is not always possible, team members should introduce themselves to the patient outside of rounds to establish rapport and to know the patient Urgent care setting eg, emergency department, clinic Knowledge: The doctor and the patient may not know each other Knowledge: The patient and the physician may be less inclined to invest effort in establishing rapport if they know they will not see each other again Regard: Take the time to establish rapport and to make the patient feel comfortable whenever possible Loyalty: Clinics may not be set up for longitudinal care eg, in the emergency department Loyalty: Set up follow-up appointments with established providers before discharging the patient Cost Regard: The patient may harbor resentment about medical bills Knowledge: The patient may be reluctant to see a doctor due to financial concerns Documentation burden Knowledge: Physicians may spend much of the visit making sure all the necessary computer boxes are checked rather than getting to know the patient as a person; having a computer between the patient and the doctor also makes it hard for the patient to feel like he or she knows the doctor Several time-saving strategies can be employed to reduce the amount of time spent on documentation and increase the time available for physicians to spend with patients Embrace technology: Physicians may spend much of the visit facing the computer screen rather than the patient, which may make the patient feel as though the doctor does not care about him or her as a person; the amount of paperwork and documentation that is often required also enhances physician burnout, making it harder for the physician to demonstrate empathy and caring Use dictation software to speed note-writing When appropriate, write a note collaboratively with the patient during the visit; if using this approach, either turn the screen so that the patient can see it as well or arrange seats so that the physician can maintain eye contact with the patient while he or she is typing the notes aRefers specifically to teaching rounds, wherein a large team of providers visits a patient as a group.
Attentive doctors are better able to understand both verbal and nonverbal communication 28 ; therefore, burnout, which hinders attentiveness, prevents physicians from appreciating the needs of their patients, thus failing to identify their ailments Regard: It is harder for emotionally exhausted physicians to show affection; when physicians are burned out, their patients are more likely to report that physicians use nonempathic statements 26 Loyalty: Patients are less likely to return to a physician who fails to recognize their needs or who fails to regard them as individuals Doctors in training or in early career Trust: Take the time to explain your clinical reasoning to a patient to demonstrate competence Loyalty: Get to know your patient Regard: Demonstrate caring for your patient Conflict on or with the treatment team Trust: Use structured communication formats and regularly scheduled care-team meetings to improve teamwork 33 ; include teamwork instruction as part of general medical education 34 Knowledge: Physicians may be distracted by team conflict and be unable to focus on the patient and his or her problem; doctors may displace frustration with the team onto the patient.