Physicians sometimes treat other physicians as patients; those physician-patients may be colleagues, friends, or leaders in their organization. It's almost a double whammy; you're likely to be treating not only a friend or someone you know but also another physician, who has far more medical knowledge than the average patient. And your relationship with that physician/patient can influence your behavior and treatment.
Studies suggest that having physician-patients can lead to changes in the standard of care (practices and procedures). This can create problems for the treating physician and can lead to worse patient outcomes.
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Cite this: Caring for Physicians as Patients: Do You Treat Them Differently? - Medscape - Nov 14, 2022.