The right for a patient to know

  1. I have a petpeeve when I see doctors talking out in the halls to family members about the care of their loved one, while the completely A&O loved one is sitting in the next room still not understand their dx or plan of care. Why is it that some doctors think the faimly has more a right to know than the patient? I just don't think this is right. It violates the patients rights. When is it okay for me to go in and explain their dx and treatment if the doc hasn't already?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   ?burntout
    We see this too where I work. I or our charge nurse will say "Dr. X, don't you think you need to talk with the patient also...?"

    When is it okay for me to go in and explain their dx and treatment if the doc hasn't already?
    I would say before they go for any test or receive meds...definately.
  4. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from Cadeyl
    I have a petpeeve when I see doctors talking out in the halls to family members about the care of their loved one, while the loved one is sitting in the next room still not understand their dx or plan of care... don't think this is right...
    Only way it makes sense to me is if the patient is confused or disoriented, or he's asked not to be informed.

    Otherwise, I'm there with you.
  5. by   nursebedlam
    I have the same petpeeve. I believe the patient should be informed first.
  6. by   ARmickie
    The only way I can see that being acceptable is if it's a ped patient.. otherwise the patient has a right to know before family members.. or at the very least, at the same time.

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