Working with the Medical Team
A physician on the power differential between clinician and patient/parent in the hospital: There is such a cost to parents that is not the same for clinicians
Palliative care doctor Kate Nelson acknowledges the power differential between the clinician – who is very comfortable in the hospital setting – and the parent and patient for whom it is a foreign and unsettling place. Clinicians and parents are in very different places. She teaches residents to appreciate that differential. She encourages parents to tell the oblivious clinicians that they need a moment.