A Patient’s Advice to Hospital Staff

Larry Ragan, a man who spent a great deal of time around doctors before dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, made a list of suggestions for hospital workers, regarding how they can improve their treatment of patients.

Much of the advice centers around basic respect. Don’t condescend to a patient by using their first name without permission, for instance. Don’t put patients in skimpy and revealing robes: that puts the convenience of the nurse or doctor above the comfort of the patient.

The entire article is worth reading, including the comments from readers at the bottom.

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