What if the doctor becomes the patient?

To experience something profound and/or severe can change you and can influence how you act. This also applies to doctors and other professionals working in a hospital who suddenly become a patient due to illness or an accident. They end up in a position of being care dependent, with concomitant feelings of discomfort, anxiety and insecurity.

This however also gives them a new perspective on how care is being given in the hospital and subsequently changes how they act as compared to before the accident or illness. The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio shows us convincing images of this phenomenon.

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About the author: Johanna Gröne

Johanna Gröne (1984) holds a bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from Roosevelt University College, Middelburg. She continued to study medicine for a few years before deciding to focus on the policy level of health care, rather than individual patient care. In august 2013 she graduated from Tilburg University with a master’s degree in Care, Ethics & Policy. She worked at a health insurance company and is currently a member of the local council in Tilburg, as spokesperson for care and welfare.

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