Wednesday, October 22, 2008

When All Else Fails, Blame the Patient???

Despite this blog being run by a doctor, and having a subtly medical title, I've done surprisingly little medical blogging.

HERE'S an interesting article in the NY Times (yeah, it's still around. Surprised me too.) about therapists placing blame on patients for their illnesses. Although there are some very rare cases where this may be the situation, I think it's a dangerous way of thinking for doctors. However, it does highlight that even doctors can get frustrated with long-term care.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree that patients shouldn't be blamed for illnesses, but at the same time, I think that it *is* important for doctors/therapists to explore possible positive functions of illnesses with their patients. Just because an illness serves a positive function for a patient doesn't mean it's the patient's fault. An open discussion about the positive functions can help to facilitate behavioral changes that promote recovery.