Interpretive Perspective of Illness

Interactive perspectives of patients toward illness is crucial during medical consultation by medical practitioners. Doctors should listen to the patients’ beliefs for the essence of identifying if they are wrong or right. An attack of choler will lead to different perspectives among the patients. However, the doctors dealing with victims of this illness should not pursue the political, evolutionary, ecological, economic or ecological views of the patients when during diagnosis.

The interpretive perspective of illness should not count when diagnosing a patient. The political and economic perspective concentrates on the forces that lead to the distribution of the disease to various areas. The fundamental rationale for this opinion is that natural resources are usually not well distributed and equally shared (49). The inequality concern is majorly due to the economic and political elements that lead to a focus on poor health and the materials among the marginalized communities in society.

Doctors should not consider these perspectives when administering diagnosis to their patients. The rationale behind this is that the views of patients regarding illness although tends to condense the definition of the disease to the victim, inflict stress, trauma, fear, and the social interactions should not hinder the ability of the patients to receive appropriate and effective treatment in the clinics.

Doctors should not pay attention to the fact that various patients may have different perspectives regarding the treatment of a particular illness. Such is the interpretative of illness particularly cholera in England where the illness was viewed in terms of the class divisions (48). Many poor people in the country protested against the existence of the disease. The poor people in England perceived that the regulations laid out for public health were put forward for the essence of attracting poor people into the hospitals for the incorporation of the “patients” for vivisection tests and moderate the population in the state. Medical practitioners should not consider such beliefs of the community but instead focus on the eradication of the disease and attain full health to the patients’ suffering from the illness.

Medical practitioners should not view illness as a punishment from the creator to the victims as China’s belief during the outbreak of Cholera (51), they should treat the patient accordingly to the work ethics and ethos laid out in the practitioner’s agreement. The biomedical knowledge of illness should thus not interfere with the medical practitioners toward administration of treatment to the patients with the illness (51). The professionals should indulge the victims carefully for the essence of attaining a healthy population although patients may view the disease with different approaches.

Thus, it is essential for medical practitioners to acknowledge the perspective of patients during consultation regarding the illness in question. However, the doctors should put this into consideration since the shared decision model is useful for patients’ treatment. The medical practitioners should integrate the perspectives of the patients with medical consultation for the essence of increasing the satisfaction of the patients during diagnosis and treatment.

Moreover, the perspective of patients tends to slow down the time required for appropriate diagnosis and treatment of illness. Medical practitioners should listen to the patients regarding the particular disease and illustrate to the patient on the reason why the belief is wrong. The rationale behind this is to prevent the patient from holding into the same idea every time. It is thus crucial for medical practitioners to listen to perspectives though they should not pursue the views of patients when diagnosis and treatment of illness.



Joralemon, D. (2015). Exploring medical anthropology. Routledge.