Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement and Goals
MISSION STATEMENT:

We believe that each patient is an individual and as such has specific preferences and needs including what accommodations they require to maximize comfort when their modesty must be compromised in the medical experience. Our mission it to act as a liaison between patients and providers in establishing, understanding, and executing the policies and procedures essential to that end. When appropriate we will act as advocates for patients to achieve that goal through interaction, education, and referrals to both patients and providers.


GOALS:
Our goal is to help patients achieve dignified and respectful healthcare through education and information. Everyone has different needs and expectations of their healthcare providers, and we provide choices and options in obtaining those needs. We understand that modesty, privacy, and respect are primary needs when facing procedures and we promote educating providers in the sensitivity of those needs.

10 comments:

  1. This is crap. What patients need is doctors who know what is best for them. Modesty has no place in medicine!

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  2. Modesty has a place wherever we choose. I expect it everywhere...but others certainly have the right to only accept it where they can get it.

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  3. why is it that some who feel modesty has no issue for them, feel it has no place for everyone. The egotistical view that if its right for me its right for everyone causes so many issues. Once again annon dec 29 assumes modesty and good sound medical treatment are mutually excusive of each other. Respecting each individuals feelings, including modesty, and treating them as valid is key to any relationship, is there any more important commercial relationship than in the medical field? So, Annon 29, if you get the right burger at McD's who cares if the tell you to go to hell when they hand if over, after all its about the burger, not respecting you...might be fine for you but don't assume you have the right to speak for everyone...alan

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    1. Thank you 'Anonymous Jan 2'. I wish our efforts can be put together to at least initiate something in this regard instead of isolated notes here and there.

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    2. Sophia:

      I agree. To date the most powerful tool I can think of is a website that discloses all of the information a person would need, and resolutions if that does not happen. But, I am open to other avenues as well.

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  4. I am fast approaching my first exam with a female doctor. I was a little hesitant to contact her due to her gender. On the otherhand she is ideally located very close to my home, and her practice is highly regarded. I would expect that my privacy will be respected and I am not worried.

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  5. My aim to highlight the lie that male doctors do become aroused when doing intimate exams, I intend to expose the lie with hundreds of news links of male doctors in court for sexual abuse of women, my main interest is gender choice for intimate exams in stressful medical setting, by law it should be offered, choice is available via the NHS but kept secret from patients, which posses a question, the type of men that take up the job, when hundreds of other medical job are available, the fact more females are being trained for gynecology.

    Pailrider

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  6. No medical provider should use Versed or drugs which erase
    or prevent memory without securing direct, timely, (usually immediate) approval after the provider supplies direct,full, honest, unvarnished explanation of the drug's primary effect:
    temporary amnesia while rendering the patient cooperative with any instructions given--Versed does not relieve physical pain, only memory of the pain AND other actions done to, for, or by the patient. The common explanation that a"I am going to relax You" is NOT giving the patient opportunity to give "informed consent."

    Similarly, last minute presentation of extensive, lawyer-created hospital/physician self-protective documents calling for "informed consent" is manifestly not fair when such documents could be presented well in advance.

    A Patient is typically psychologically slef-prepared for surgery, etc., and is told, "if you don't sign it, as-is, you will not get the surgery."
    Such manipulation of patients is akin to times of old:
    "impressing" patrons at a pub to instantly become sailors aboard a sailing vessel. --no PJ's

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  7. As big business and insurance companies increasingly determine what physicians and doctors can do, patients become "Customers" objectified, "managed" and increasingly dehumanized.
    Physicians and hospitals who accept this "one size fits all" approach have less and less reason to say or believe that Medicine is an ART as well as a science. Evaluation of each patient as an individual person, is part of any such art. "Business" does not see (or care) about patients who are regarded as "customers," free to buy or reject a purchase from store shelves. Health choices are usually highly limited, often local, and are based on the very limited information available about a physician or hospital. To this extent, patients are not "free" to pick and choose except within the limited information "system."

    Insisting by limiting relevant background information, whether about doctors or hospitals or statistics relating to a proposed surgery/procedure requires patients make choices based limited information. Such information as is commonly available disallows truly "informed consent" by generally limiting and delaying presentation of pertinent facts and disadvantages related to physician, anesthetist/anesthesiologist, and hospital statistics, a surgeon's results with a particular procedure, and related ackground. -no PJ's

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  8. No PJ's, here is what I am doing concerning the versed and consent forms. In two weeks I am having a routine colonoscopy. When making the appt. I insisted that the procedure be done without knocking me out. The scheduler insisted versed doesn't knock me out and that I had to have it. I said if I have no memory of the procedure then effectively I am knocked out, and that I am not going to do it that way. She spoke with the doctor and he agreed to do it without medication.

    I asked to get the consent forms ahead of time so that I can read them before signing rather than be rushed by the nurse trying to keep things on schedule, while telling me "It just allows us to bill your insurance company". She tries telling that I'd have to be there an hour before the procedure so there's plenty of time to read them. I said no there isn't when much of that hour is prepping me. I will stop by the office this Friday and pick up the forms.

    I then asked about who is in the room during the procedure and whether people are allowed to wander in and out. She didn't understand the question so I said if a sales rep stops by will they be allowed in to talk to the doctor during the procedure. She says "oh no that would never happen". I say good, what about another nurse or the receptionist who want to come in with a quick question because they have someone on the phone. She then tells me that if I have privacy concerns I should talk to the nurses when I am being prepped. I took that to mean they do allow staff to come in and so I will have a direct conversation with the nurses during prep. The fact that I will be awake will likely cause them to take my request seriously. Being I won't see the doctor until the procedure is about to start I'm thinking I will tell him what I told the nurses so that afterwards he can't say there was a miscommunication.

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