Re: How to be a cool headed clinician
Thanks for your query.
Clinicians are generally advised against providing medical care to either themselves or loved ones, such as family members. The current GMC guidance is as follows: ‘Wherever possible, you should avoid providing medical care to anyone with whom you have a close personal relationship.’ The rationale, in part, is that the emotional proximity can distort a clinician’s professional judgment. This is what I meant by the degree of dispassion needed to maintain the ‘medical gaze’.
I hope that clarifies matters.
Competing interests: I am the author of the article