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Hobson’s choice: patient-centred or standardized care

Hobson’s choice: patient-centred or standardized care Advances in Health Sciences Education (2021) 26:335–338 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10459-019-09951-z REFLEC TIONS Niall Byrne Received: 4 March 2019 / Accepted: 18 December 2019 / Published online: 2 January 2020 © Springer Nature B.V. 2020 “You have to drink half of this ‘prep’ by noon” and with that, the attending nurse drew a line on the Peglyte container to indicate what she meant by a half. “You need to wear these on your feet to avoid falling” another nurse told me as she handed me a pair of cloth slippers. “The nurse does what the doctor orders” was what I heard at 2:00 a.m. when the night nurse awakened me to measure my vital signs. Having recently spent three days as a surgery patient in a large teaching hospital, I will try to make sense of these typical encounters by offering four interpretations of them. For the four versions I am indebted to Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, a love story from four unique perspectives (Durrell 1957, 1958a, b, 1960). There are many appropri- ate ways to describe the complex doings of a teaching hospital surgery ward, but these four illustrate the specific experience that I had, coupled with my disposition as a health http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advances in Health Sciences Education Springer Journals

Hobson’s choice: patient-centred or standardized care

Advances in Health Sciences Education , Volume 26 (1) – Jan 2, 2020

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © Springer Nature B.V. 2020
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Education; Medical Education
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1382-4996
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1573-1677
DOI
10.1007/s10459-019-09951-z
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Advances in Health Sciences Education (2021) 26:335–338 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10459-019-09951-z REFLEC TIONS Niall Byrne Received: 4 March 2019 / Accepted: 18 December 2019 / Published online: 2 January 2020 © Springer Nature B.V. 2020 “You have to drink half of this ‘prep’ by noon” and with that, the attending nurse drew a line on the Peglyte container to indicate what she meant by a half. “You need to wear these on your feet to avoid falling” another nurse told me as she handed me a pair of cloth slippers. “The nurse does what the doctor orders” was what I heard at 2:00 a.m. when the night nurse awakened me to measure my vital signs. Having recently spent three days as a surgery patient in a large teaching hospital, I will try to make sense of these typical encounters by offering four interpretations of them. For the four versions I am indebted to Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, a love story from four unique perspectives (Durrell 1957, 1958a, b, 1960). There are many appropri- ate ways to describe the complex doings of a teaching hospital surgery ward, but these four illustrate the specific experience that I had, coupled with my disposition as a health

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Advances in Health Sciences EducationSpringer Journals

Published: Jan 2, 2020

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