Doctor-Patient Dilemmas to Multiple Sclerosis
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1984 Mar; 10(1): 21-26.
The author, who is both a doctor and a patient with multiple sclerosis (MS), stresses the importance of the psychosocial aspects of MS and of the doctor's responsibility to cope with the total needs of MS patients and their families by providing counseling and by encouraging patient participation in self-help groups. He discusses the ethical dilemma of whether patients with MS should be told the complete truth about their disease, and urges physicians to respect patients by not withholding their diagnosis or ignoring the psychological symptoms associated with MS. (KIE abstract)
Central Nervous System Diseases; Communication; Counseling; Consultation; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Disease; Family Members; Patient Care; Patient Participation; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Professional Patient Relationship; Psychological Stress; Self-Help Groups; Truth Disclosure;