How decisions are made and patients cared for are often guided by the Golden Rule, which would have us treat patients as we would want to be treated in similar circumstances. But when patients’ lived experiences and outlooks deviate substantively from our own, we stop being a reliable barometer of their needs, values, and goals. Inaccurate perceptions of their suffering and our personal biases may lead to distorted compassion, marked by an attitude of pity and therapeutic nihilism. In those instances, The Platinum Rule, which would have us consider doing unto patients as they would want done unto themselves, may be a more appropriate standard for achieving optimal person-centered care. This means knowing who patients are as persons, hence guiding treatment decisions and shaping a tone of care based on compassion and respect.
Authors: Chochinov HM
Journal: Journal of palliative medicine
Date published: 2022 May 18
Chochinov HM The Platinum Rule: A New Standard for Person-Centred Care. J Palliat Med. 2022 Feb 25. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2022.0075. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35230173