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Master Thesis

Le choix d’un proche comme médecin traitant : le point de vue des patients

Abstract : Introduction : Most physicians treat relatives and friends. The close relationship affects the doctor-patient relation as well as the way those patients are treated. Various thesis have studied the physician's opinion about this, but the point of view of patients is unknown. Objectives : Identify reasons for choosing a relative or a friend as their family doctor, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this situation. Materiel and Method : Qualitative research with semi structured interviews. Results : Data saturation has been achieved on the twelfth interviews. 14 interviews were conduced. The main reasons of choice were the trust in the relatives and convenience for the patient. Some disadvantages were expressed (banalisation of symptoms, lack of attentiveness and objectivity). Patients always underestimated this downside, comparing it to all the positive effects. All interviews showed a confusion of roles between being a relative and being the doctor. However a larger distance between the patient and the physician was assiociated with a better distinction of roles. Discussion : Confusion of roles seems to be in the core of the problematic of choosing a relative or a friend as family doctor. This aspect was also found in the only other study explorating the point of view of patients. Conclusion : The situation of the family doctor being a relative is well known as being at the origin of lower quality of cares and of difficulties for patients and doctors. In some coutries, this situation is regulated by law. It is not the case in France, and a refusal by the physician may be considerated as offensive. Awareness of patients wishing to choose a relative or a friend as their doctor would be useful.
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Mickaël Cazenave. Le choix d’un proche comme médecin traitant : le point de vue des patients. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2016. ⟨dumas-01465125⟩



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