The Good Doctor: What Patients Want

Ron Paterson

Author: Ron Paterson
Format: Paperback, Ebook
Pages: 216
Published: June 2012
Specs: 21.0cm x 14.0cm
ISBN: 9781869405922

Available in Ebook

What makes a good doctor? Are there bad doctors out there – and if so how do we protect patients from them? Can we inject more information, more trust and more assured competence into the medical system to solve these problems?

Drawing on his years of dealing with patient concerns, Ron Paterson tackles these important questions. The book makes challenging arguments: that patients don’t demand the sort of information about doctors that they should; that doctors who feel put upon by information overload, patient demands, complaints and growing requirements from employers, colleges, medical boards and government, will be resistant to any additional regulation of their activity; that doctors are reluctant to judge problem doctors and prefer the ‘quiet chat’; and that current law and practice is lax when it comes to checking that doctors remain up-to-date.

Paterson concludes the book with proposals to lift the veil of secrecy, to inform patients better and to revalidate doctors periodically, all key ways we might improve patient care. The Good Doctor will be prescribed reading for doctors, patients and policymakers—all of those determined to make sure patients get the medical care they deserve.


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This is a thought-provoking book by one of the New Zealanders most qualified to write it. – Graeme Barrow, Wairarapa Times

A visit to the doctor will never be the same again for anyone who reads The Good Doctor. – John Ewan, Nelson Mail