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Share your hospital experience

Share your hospital experience

Think back to the last time you, or someone you love, were in the hospital. How were you treated? I don’t mean the procedure you had or the medication you were prescribed. I mean how did the doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff members behave toward you? Research shows that the way you are treated can have as much effect on your health and recovery as the medical treatment you receive.

My family and I learned this first hand when my father was hospitalized after having a stroke. When the nurse brought his medication one afternoon, he said it wasn’t the drug he normally took. The nurse argued with him, telling him to  “be a good boy” and take the pill; that he was confused because of his stroke. When that didn’t persuade him, she tried scolding him, saying his “stubbornness” was keeping her from other patients.

Finally, the nurse did check and discovered that instead of blood-pressure medication, she was trying to give him an anti-malaria pill. My father was right, but the feeling of being treated with disrespect lingered, and made him mistrustful of the people caring for him.

Have you felt that the way you were treated in the hospital affected your well-being, your care, or your willingness to be an active participant in your health? If so please consider sharing your story below.  

—Trisha Calvo

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