On May 29, 2017, Governor Abbott signed a bill that creates a consistent set of rules across Texas for both ridesharing companies and drivers like you.This new law went into effect immediately, and it means that a City of Houston TNC License is no longer required to pick up riders within the City of Houston or at the airports. Smith stepped outside the exam room, Becky's dad followed her out. Craig is in an exam room with another patient and he could be awhile. Smith and the other physician on duty are both residents and are both excellent. Smith will be available in just a few minutes, but Dr.How can physicians get all of their patients to be more comfortable with them?Sex preferences have numerous foundations—e.g., culture, religion, past experiences with a man or woman—that can affect a person's comfort level when he or she must be naked in front of a doctor and can lead to judgments about a physician's caring or competence.
The challenge in answering these questions further highlights the value of learning good bedside manner.When deciding whether to accommodate a patient's request for a male or female doctor, most physicians practice utilitarian ethics.In this philosophical model, an action is not inherently "right" or "wrong"; rather, the moral value of the action is determined by its contribution to achieving the greatest good. Will acquiescing put a resident at risk of not learning a skill that will be valuable in a future emergency because he or she has always deferred to patients' requests to have a doctor of the opposite sex?Physicians who use this technique may ask themselves, is this patient's preference strongly held, or might a few more minutes of building rapport change the patient's mind? All of these factors should be considered before a decision to accommodate the request is made.When a patient makes a request based on religious beliefs, doctors often employ what is called "deontological" or duty-based ethics, feeling a sense of duty or obligation to accommodate the patient's wishes, regardless of the utilitarian balance of greatest good.