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Top 100 Health-Care Careers , 3rd Edition by Saul Wischnitzer, Edith Wischnitzer

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Chapter5     

Understandingthe Patient

We can usually manage our own well-being by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, illness and injury are often unavoidable. Even under the best of circumstances, people become sick, and some cases are serious enough to require hospitalization. This chapter focuses on patients who must be hospitalized for some reason. However most of the following discussion of patients’ rights, needs, and attitudes applies to health-care professionals in any setting.

The Impact of Hospitalization

An individual’s hospitalization may be voluntary—for example, resulting from a decision to have elective surgery such as knee replacement—or it may be mandated by an acute illness such as appendicitis. Regardless of the cause, ...

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