When is it OK for a doctor to hug a patient?
"We don't want to deny a patient or physician a moment that can bring healing," says Dr. Mark Kuczewski, director of the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Chicago, yet he stresses hugs between vulnerable patients and doctors become difficult when the nature of the affection might be misunderstood by the patient or physician. Acknowledging the uniqueness and delicateness of the patient-physician relationship as well as the emotionally-charged situations that can happen in a clinical setting, Kuczewski maintains it's imperative that the person who initiates the hug be the less-powerful person and that the hug—or sign of support—seem natural and unforced.
- Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers
- Hospital Groups Strike Back at Hospital Rating Systems
- The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay
- AHIP: Enormity of HIX Challenges Sinks In
- Don't Underestimate Emotional Intelligence
- 4 Reasons PCMH Principles Aren't Going Away
- Yale New Haven Health Partners with Tenet Healthcare in CT
- Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion
- Care Coordination Tough to Define, Measure
- SCOTUS Review of NC Board Case 'A Very Big Deal' to Providers