In the traditional physician-patient relationship, the physician simply determines which treatment option is the best for the patient’s particular condition. The patient then usually accepts that treatment without questioning it.

This type of practicing medicine is, however, unacceptable since it totally disregards not only the patient’s individual needs but also renders him an object, rather than a partner, in the process.

In this talk we will discuss the elements of counseling, in which the physician describes the patient’s condition in detail, and presents all relevant treatment options, their advantages and potential complications as well as the inconveniences they make cause, and then allows the patient to choose the treatment option. Although it is time-consuming and requires considerable expertise and experience on the physician’s part, counseling makes the patient an equal partner during the entire treatment process; such patients are much more cooperative with instructions, accept treatment failure much more easily, and are less likely to initiate legal action against the physician.