Ensuring Comfort and Trust Between Patient and Physician
One of the most important aspects of the healthcare provider-patient relationship is communication. You must be comfortable with your physician. There are many moments in an appointment where you have to be vulnerable and completely open with your doctor, which can often times be quite uncomfortable. This is why it's very important to ensure comfort and trust between you and your doctor. In extreme cases, patient-to-physician relationships can lead to sexual assault and an abuse of power. The doctor-patient relationship presupposes confidentiality, privacy, and autonomy while also considering human diversity, customs and beliefs. It is necessary to recognize the limits of medical science along with the limits of human relationships and to respect the freedom of choice and decision-making of both parties in the relationship. Throughout the years, medical science and technological advances have transformed the doctor-patient relationship into an exaggerated rationalization that underestimates psychological, social, and cultural aspects. Indeed, the doctor-patient relationship has become marked by excessive worry over objective measurement and quantifying a dual perspective of body-mind.
French start-up KelDoc is a website and smartphone app to look for and find the right doctor for you. You can then browse his or her calendar to book an appointment. It costs the patient nothing to do this and the doctor around $270 a month. KelDoc has just raised around $1.4 million (from Alven Capital and Business Amgels) to expand their reach into Europe and elsewhere. Their business model is clearly working. To date: over 160,000 people have visited the site more than 10,000 appointments have been made between the first and second quarter of 2015 50% more doctors signed up to use the service KelDoc also has the added bonus of being the only French company with an Andreessen Horowitz partner as a board member.
Sexual Harassment in the Physician-Patient Interaction - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2780524/
US Physicians: Statistics and Facts - https://www.statista.com/topics/1244/physicians/#:~:text=In%202015%2C%20there%20were%20nearly,compared%20to%20some%20other%20countries.
Sierra Briscoe - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sierrabriscoe/