Care of the Difficult Patient

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Abstract

Although the chapter title and some of the references included here will use the phrases “difficult patient” or “frustrating patient” – or even “hateful patient” – it should be made clear that this is not the author’s preferred term. Any doctor/patient interaction by definition involves at least two parties, both of whom have personalities, preconceptions, and prior experiences that are incorporated into current interactions. Difficulties in physician/patient interactions also incorporate patient, physician, and healthcare system factors [1]. For these reasons, phrases such as difficult or challenging patient interactions are preferred.

Keywords

Fatigue Depression Fibromyalgia Undercut 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine and Population HealthVirginia Commonwealth University School of MedicineRichmondUSA

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