Thursday, April 5, 2012

A new phrase for me

It always great when intuitively obvious things have an official name.

I've seen many examples over the years in which there has been a deterioration in the social relationships between a patient, staff and other members of the medical team due to negative perceptions of the patients behavior.

The patient is often perceived as being provocative, unreasonable, aggressive-volatile and/or overly dependent, chronic and felt not likely to improve.

A colleague informed me a few days ago that the official term is "Malignant alienation."

It's so much more appropriate than many of the other terms used in the past!

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