Palliative Care and the "Battered Patient Syndrome"
Posted Dec 08 2010 7:47am
Upon being called in (too late) an Australian palliative care provider stated: "We can then see very clearly they have been battered and pushed around, beaten until they lose sight of what they want - they suffer what has been called the battered patient syndrome." ( Sydney Morning Herald , 2003)
Another provider, more recently describes what he also calls – shockingly – "battered patient syndrome" - Once you've had five, 10, 50 tests you can become physically battered." ( Sydney Morning Herald , 2010)