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Reader Stories: When The Doctor-Patient Relationship Goes Bad

Relationships can break down for a variety of reasons and the doctor-patient relationship is no different. With inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is a complicated condition that can be difficult to treat, it is very easy for doctors and patients to be at odds with each other. Have you ever had your relationship with your doctor take a bad turn? How did it happen? Were you able to salvage the relationship, or did you decide to move on and find another physician? Tell the story of how you dealt with the difficulties of maintaining good communication with your doctor.

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Describe the steps you took when it became clear your relationship with your doctor was becoming strained.
Share how your physician reacted and how the situation was eventually resolved.

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If someone were to seek your advice on a similar problem, what would you tell them?

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