As we continue on communicating about all the issues of patient modesty, I find that I may have been suggesting a wrong approach for my visitors to help resolve these issues: “speaking up” to physicians and the medical system. “Up” suggests that the patient is somehow less significant and is inferior in the patient-doctor/medical system relationship. And I don’t believe this is true. Even though the patient may be the one who is ill, to meet the medical system’s professional responsibilities, the system cannot act alone and must give equal attention to the patient as to their own personal and operational interests.
So, as we move forward on this blog thread, working out ways to communicate the needs of those who write here, let’s change the suggestion to “speak to…” as part of a more level “speaking field” rather than the wrong view of “speaking up”.
But as we begin Volume 69, let’s remember that we have had 9 years and 68 volumes to “moan and groan” about the painful issues that are seen but now is the time to change the discourse to one of presenting a positive approach to attaining the needed relief by showing how the participants here plan and have already started to change the system to meet their goals.
Graphic: From Google Images and modified by me with ArtRage.
NOTICE: AS OF TODAY NOVEMBER 14, 2014 “PATIENT MODESTY: VOLUME 69 WILL BE CLOSED FOR FURTHER COMMENTS. YOU CAN CONTINUE POSTING COMMENTS ON VOLUME 70.