Dr. Stevens’ patient recognizes her from a modeling add she did previously. He refuses to be touched by her and orders her from his room. Although these are unfair claims towards Dr. Stevens, she can do nothing because she is obligated to respect the wishes of the patient.
Season 1 Episode 4
1. How can a patient’s knowledge of personal information about the doctor, information that is not relevant to the doctor’s medical skill, affect the relationship between a doctor and patient?
2. How can professionalism be maintained in the doctor-patient relationship in the context of patient knowledge of this kind of personal information?
3. How might such knowledge affect the quality of treatment that the patient receives?