Patient advocate?

  1. Situation: Patient requests a specific medication, doctor does not want patient to have this medication. Doc and patient have a major disagreement. Who's side are you on?
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  3. by   WashYaHands
    Depends on why the patient wants that particular med and why the doc doesnt want to prescribe it.

  4. by   purplemania
    I think the nurse should remain neutral.
  5. by   CATHYW
    If it was a "brand" preference, I might ask the doc to reconsider. (Out of earshot of the pt.!)

    If it was something new, that the patient wanted to try because they had seen it advertised, or because someone they know takes it, I'd stay out of it. Rxing is up to the doc.
  6. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    Id say stay out of it, unless its evident that there is a patient advocacy issue for you to take into account, then you approach the system tactfully

    keep it in the short grass yallll

    I'm with everyone else here. If it were a simple thing like the brand preference, that's one thing. But how many times have you heard a patient say "uncle joe's neighbor's babysitter has a friend that takes _______ and it's worked wonders for them - I want that".

    There's a fine line between being a buttinsky and an advocate.