From ancient times it has been recognised that the health and well-being of a patient depends on a collaborative effort between doctor and patient. Indeed patients share with their doctor the responsibility for their own health care.

The doctor-patient relationship is of the greatest benefit when the patient has the opportunity to fully discuss their condition, provide information and work with their doctor in a mutually respectful alliance. Doctors can best contribute to this alliance by sound communication and advocating for their patient.

In fact the better the doctor patient relationship, the better the amount and quality of information is transferred in both directions. This enhances accuracy of diagnosis and improved outcome. Where the relationship is poor, the doctor’s ability to make full assessment is compromised and the patient may have less confidence causing decreased compliance to follow advice given.

As part of this collaboration patients should expect to have the opportunity for discussion with their doctor regarding benefits, risk and treatment alternatives. Patients should receive guidance as to their optimal course of action. The patient has the right to make decisions regarding their health care as recommended by their doctor and should have the opportunity to discuss their decision.

Patients also have the right to confidentiality, courtesy, respect, dignity, responsiveness and timely attention to their needs.

Hippocrates said, “Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always”. These words, said in ancient times, remain true. The ability of a doctor to provide comfort through their presence is a fundamental component of good medical care.

At GCA, we believe in having a strong doctor-patient relationship throughout your treatment with us. It enhances safety and efficacy.