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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I have never known a more difficult patient. It was not that he was exacting and querulous; on the contrary, he never complained, he asked for nothing, he was perfectly silent; but he seemed to resent the care that was taken of him; he received all inquiries about his feelings or his needs with a jibe, a sneer, or an oath.
Helping a difficult patient can feel like you've done something wrong, but chances are, you haven't.
Laidlaw analyst Francois Brisebois upgraded Gemphire Therapeutics to Buy from Hold after the company recently announced topline results based on their preliminary review of the limited dataset from their investigator-led Phase 2a study of adult patients with FPLD, a rare genetic disorder that remains a very difficult patient population with no other alternative.
Jasper DeWitt wrote the novella "The Patient Who Nearly Drove Me Out of Medicine", originally published on Reddit No Sleep, about an idealistic young doctor who tries to solve a mystery and heal its most difficult patient. The bidding for the project was described as very competitive with several studios and other production companies chasing the property.
Meanwhile, Richard (James Pickens Jr.) will be treating another difficult patient. "A seemingly drunk patient pushes Richard's buttons and gives him a medical mystery to solve," the synopsis reveals.
Telemedicine has been credited with increasing patient access to healthcare, facilitating difficult patient care decisions when time is of the essence, reducing cost, encouraging around-the-clock coverage, and allowing for remote monitoring of chronic conditions.
Other doctors might be reluctant to take on your care if you're seen as a difficult patient.
The difficult patient: prevalence, psychopathology, and functional impairment.
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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.