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Knowing right and wrong about Medical Communication

In many different situations, doctors tend to remain silent and tell their patients to not worry bout something. This action is done by the medical experts because they like to believe patients will go into further stress after hearing the truth.

However, this can prove to be true to a certain extent. Medical communication must have transparency. If it is not maintained then there will be a huge lack of trust in the relationship between doctors and patients.

Knowing the right and wrong is an important thing in all kinds of communication, not just medical communication.

Let us have a look at the rights and wrongs in the medical communication:

Vulnerability of patients:

When someone is sick, they tend to feel helpless and alone. Fairness is needed when someone wants to heal. It is included in the means of healing. Patients tend to be tensed and always feel like there is something wrong. The doctors should be straightforward with their patients and tell them what is wrong.

Medical Ethics:

Honesty is not learned in any medical school. Medical ethics is something that every doctor and medical expert should practice. They should know that it is their responsibility as a doctor, to be honest with their client.

If there is a gap in the medical communication between doctors and patients, then they will never be able to build a trust between each other. Trust is the main thing that is required when someone is trying to recover from an illness or ailment.

One on one communication:

When we visit a medical expert, they tell us to be honest with them. They ask us all the questions regarding our illness, so they can better understand the situation and know what the patient is feeling.

This is a good way for doctors to judge, and take a note of the situation do that they can prescribe treatments in a better way.

Similar to this, doctors also have a duty, to be honest, and transparent with their patients. This way patient will know exactly what is wrong, and they will be able to prepare themself mentally for what is coming next.

All of this is a part of understanding the psychology of the patients.


If we move aside from the medical ethics aspect of the medical communication for a while, hiding things from patients will also wrong professionally. It is not a professional behavior at all to obscure the facts about the illness of a patient.

1.     Making a sound and clinical judgment:

It is important to note that there can be exceptional cases always. It the patient who is under consideration and a specific treatment, holds a history of mental illness then there can be exceptions.

2.     Mental illness:

It is not that important to provide critical details to a patient who has done a suicide attempt, or gets suicidal thoughts in their mind.

3.     Unsound Mind:

Patients who have an unsound mind and cannot process the thoughts and critical opinions of the medical expert are exempted.