difficult patient

A patient who is troublesome, tedious and/or noncompliant with physician instructions

difficult patient

Medtalk A Pt who is troublesome, tedious, or noncompliant with physician instructions. See Abandonment, Ama, Contributory negligence. Cf 'Good' Pt.
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Rhodes (Colin Donnell) when the show comes back this week as deals with a challenging procedure and a difficult patient at the same time.
A cohort study assessing difficult patient encounters in a walkin primary care clinic, predictors and outcomes.
A lack of sufficient devotion, focus and technical expertise may lead to difficult patient recruitment, poor clinical data and could even jeopardize patient safety.
DRAMA Fletch is up against a difficult patient who is under police escort.
Patients presumably do this because they're afraid to ask permission in case it's denied and they will be seen as a difficult patient.
The panel inferred from all the evidence that Patient A may have been a difficult patient.
But what she has to contend with is far more than just a difficult patient.
It's difficult when we are trying to do our job and we have a difficult patient to deal with, especially when they need our help but won't let us.
Elsewhere, Digby and Dominic are still at war, and Mo's sister Adele (Petra Letang, pictured) gets maximum points for intuition once again when she's treating another difficult patient.
preparing a summarised list of past conditions and treatments or keeping a symptom journal); to participate and aid the doctor during the physical examination; to ensure that the doctor formulates a thorough differential diagnosis; to partner with the doctor in the decision-making process regarding testing and treatment options; and to assert oneself in the doctor's thought process without being seen as a difficult patient.
These communities provide access to thousands of physicians, including specialists, which offers you a tremendous opportunity to get a curbside consult for that difficult patient.
In "Challenging cases: How can we better manage difficult patient encounters?