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Medical Ethics Issues with Shared Decision-Making in Patient Encounters

July 5, 2017

The pediatrician in this interaction worked to build a therapeutic alliance with the mother of her minor patient. The mother responded. Later, the mother’s anxiety for her son’s condition caused her to discount the shared decision-making process and to cast blame on the pediatrician. The pediatrician’s documentation of her discussions with the mother clarified the events in this case, helping to get the lawsuit dismissed.

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Filed under: Patient Relationship, Medical Ethics, Case Study, Physician, Pediatrics, Family Practice
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