Title : On Patient-Physician Relationships: A Bangladesh Perspective

Authors : Md. Munir Hossain Talukder

Abstract : Since the Greek Hippocratic Oath of 5th century B.C the principles of an ideal patient-physician relationship model were always in a high priority, and recently it is a growing concern for bioethics. Does a single model appropriate for both Western and developing societies? Do scarcity, illiteracy, and cultural values matter at all for patient-physician relationship? If so, which model could be appropriate for a country like Bangladesh having a large population and a low level of literacy? This paper focuses on these questions and analyzes various patient-physician relationship models. After examining them in Bangladesh perspective it argues that not only long practiced strong paternalism but also other models have failed to be considerate as satisfactory. Perhaps an alternative model which is committed to care and at the same time respectful to patient’s autonomy might be appropriate.

Journal : Asian Bioethics Review Volume : 3 Year : 2011 Issue : 2
Pages : 65-84 City : Edition : Editors :
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