Removal of patient

The patient files I’ve researched show many occasions of patients being taken out of the hospital – against the doctor’s explicit advice. The person asking for the patient’s removal would take full responsibility for them and their behaviour in the community. Many patients returned (or were returned) to the hospital after only a short period of time. Do you think families are right to take a patient out of care against a doctor’s wishes?

2 thoughts on “Removal of patient

  1. Yes, I think families have a right to go against doctor’s orders and take a patient out of care. Whether it’s the right thing to do or not is another matter but the doctor should not have total control of the patient. Families know the patient best and know what is right for them.

  2. It depends on individual circumstances. I certainly know of one case where it greatly facilitated recovery when a patient was removed against the doctor’s wishes but I appreciate that some family relationships can exacerbate the problem.

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