Case vignette

Becoming an ally to a patient.

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Becoming an ally to a patient.

Alice

Come in!

Doctor

Hello, nice to meet you, Alice.

Alice

Nice to meet you, too.

Doctor

Wait, you’re Alice?

Alice

Yes. Why?

Doctor

It says here that you’re Asian or Pacific Islander.

Alice

I am. But I’m more than that too. I could only choose one race on the intake form.

Doctor

Ah. Let me go in and fix this for you. I can update it to include everything on my end.

Alice

Oh, okay. Thank you.

Doctor

Sure.

Alice

Will I be able to actually go through with the procedure today? Considering current events and all.

Doctor

Sorry. First, I just needed to make sure you were the right person since we’re dealing with sensitive information today. Now, I need a minute to correct this. One moment.

Alice

Doctor

Things to consider.

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Question to think about:

Ask for pronouns
Ask how the patient is doing
Ask for consent before touching
All of the above