Health & Medicine as Social Sciences: Patients and Providers
The duty of patients and providers
Relationships between patients and providers have a strong impact on the ability of care able to be provided to a patient. Positive outcomes cannot be seen unless both partners work together to determine the issue and then develop a plan of action both see to be most successful. This page discusses what both patients and providers can do to enhance patient care.
Physicians, particularly Family Physicians as they have the opportunity to develop long term relationships with patients, can work in multiple ways to advocate for their patients including, interpersonally, through organization, health systems, and policy. This can include shutting down any hateful speech occurring in practice areas, encouraging the improvement of community health and education through various programming, and even telling patient stories to inform the public and sway policy. (Paraphrased from Source 1)