Disclosing personal info to patients - page 3
I work in a small rural hospital. I work weekends only, 12 hr shifts 7a-7p. What do you say when you are asked quite often your religion, when you go to church, what church you attend, are you... Read More
Jun 18, '08I read in Dear Abby once that if you are asked personal questions, smile sweetly and say "Well who wants to know!?", then change the subject. I have done this numerous times with good results.
I agree with other posters who said religion-oriented personal questions are sometimes a cultural thing with folks.
Working in the South, I had a patient ask me "Are you Christian?"... but what he meant was "Can I trust you?". I'm not Christian, but in the moment I answered yes because I could see this was about more than chit-chat. He went on to share his feelings about death and how he would never have children (26yo AIDS cancer pt). Of course it's a case-by-case basis, but at times you do have to get past the personal question aspect to see what the patient is really asking.