Young patientsBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7373.1181 (Published 16 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1181
- Claudio Crisci, Salvatore Maugeri Foundation
- Rehabilitation Center of Telese Terme, Italy
“Those young patients are in a mess.” That's what nurses and doctors often tell me. “Those” arethe many young people coming for physiotherapy in our rehabilitation centre. Many are imprudent youngsters with traumatic brain injury after motorcycle crashes, and some have neurodegenerative diseases. All have severe motor limitations, but they all have great expectations for their future. Often I try to act as soft interface between the paramedics and them, to try to avoid the argumentsthat frequently arise.
Dealing with young patients is a peculiar experience. They require not just constant attention and sympathy, but also understanding of their needs and thoughts. Trying to understand them is exactly …