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Reflections on engaging the potentially “difficult” patient

Authors Howe E

Received 17 July 2014

Accepted for publication 5 September 2014

Published 16 February 2015 Volume 2015:5 Pages 7—16


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Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Dr Bethany Spielman

Video abstract presented BY Edmund Howe

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Edmund G Howe1,2

1School of Medicine, USUHS, 2Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), Bethesda, MD, USA

Abstract: Care providers encounter problems working with patients in many contexts. However, they often may have had a role in creating these problems, which may be within or outside their awareness. This piece presents several ways in which these problems may arise and provides guidance as to how clinicians may best prevent these problems from occurring and how they may best respond to the problems once they occur. It also addresses how care providers can best, at this same time, protect themselves under the constraints of the applicable laws.

Keywords: ethics, law, patient/doctor relationship, resistance, trust

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