Results of our study indicate that, in general, patient role
relationships with their physician are associated with their level of activation.
Putting yourself in the patient role
is a good reminder of the patient's powerlessness and dependence on your word.
Older adults confront more challenges in making lifestyle changes (Butler, Davis, Lewis, & Nelson, 1998), are least likely to receive diabetes education (Lawton, 1994), must contend with age-insensitive instruction (Croxson, 2002), and are expected to assume a passive patient role
(Shaffer & Sherrell, 1995).
The active-participant patient role
is driven by several social variables.
The patient has a clear external motive, in contrast to the factitious patient, who is motivated by the mental unconscious need to take on the patient role
and receive treatment.
In general, increased trust in the medical profession is associated with a more deferential patient role
in medical relationships.
Typical mental hospital inmates were poor persons, cast in the patient role
against their will, housed in a public mental hospital.
Thus, while the physician role in the physician-patient relationship is significant, the patient role
in successful medical encounters is no small factor.
A sense of the special limits placed on the institution of medicine and on the patient role
tends to isolate these from the overall world of Victorian fantasy about the body and the mind.
In the context of acute care, the patient role
Other projects throughout Asia Pacific included organizing a fundraiser to purchase shoes for disadvantaged students in the Philippines; participating in a food donation drive to serve the homeless in Australia; facilitating companionship between peritoneal dialysis patients and patient role
models in Thailand; and visiting elderly who live in an assisted-living facility in Singapore.
The standardized patient role
was defined to provide physicians with indented clinical scenario and to avoid potential rating biases with real patients.
These changes seemed mainly to be shaped instigated by changes in the (1) patient role
, (2) increasing interdisciplinary teamwork, and (3) focus on rehabilitation efforts conducted in the patient's environment.