The subtle art of telling patients 'no'
The doctor on the other end of the phone says, “But, what if the patient insists?” It’s a common response when we suggest a doctor says ‘no’ to a patient.
Doctors face various patient requests every day.
These may include asking the doctor to prescribe a drug, administer a substance, provide a certificate or sign a form.
No matter the request, a doctor should always be mindful of their clinical, ethical and legal responsibilities, and that their overarching responsibility is always to act in the best interests of the patient.